Austin, Texas – June 2, 2017 – Upbring, one of Texas’ largest foster care and adoption service providers, will host an all-day open house at its new Foster In Texas (FIT) location in Tyler at 6770 Old Jacksonville Hwy, Suite 104 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. today. This community event will allow Upbring’s FIT staff to share information with community members about the great need for foster care families in Texas and how they could serve as foster parents.
The event will also provide an inside look at Tyler’s newest foster care office, an expanded facility that is intended to meet a growing need in the region.
Each year, approximately 30,000 children are in foster care across the state, according to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. In 2012, the Tyler region’s share of that number came in at 1,637, and it steadily increased each year to 1,964 in 2016.
“We have a tremendous need in Texas for families willing to open their homes and hearts to children of all ages, ethnicities and needs,” Upbring CEO Dr. Kurt Senske said. “At Upbring, we’re blessed to partner with foster families in Tyler and across the state. They are the true champions, and we’re here to celebrate their tireless work for our Texas children. Each of those families will tell you that being a foster parent isn’t always easy, but it is always rewarding. You cannot quantify the feeling that comes with giving a child the chance to simply be a kid again, without the worry that comes with not knowing where they will lay their heads each night. If you believe like we do that every child deserves a safe place to call home, we welcome you to join us.”
Because of a shortage of foster homes across the state, hundreds of children have been forced to sleep in Child Protective Services offices for one night or more over the past 24 months. Brittani Griffin, Upbring’s FIT Tyler area director, says the agency needs more families willing to foster infants, teens, siblings and children with special needs.
“When families foster through FIT, they join a team of professionals focused on helping them raise the children in their care,” Griffin said. “We teach these families how to meet their child’s unique needs and provide a safe, nurturing home. Our ultimate goal is to partner with our foster families to provide every child with the bright future they deserve.”