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Foster Friday: Justin’s Story | Upbring


Being a teenager comes with its fair share of difficulties. You’re still a kid, but you’re taking on more freedom and responsibility with each passing year. The pressure is on to maintain good grades, be active in extracurriculars and begin to plan for your future. Imagine balancing all of that while bouncing from foster home to foster home.

Justin’s* mother passed unexpectedly when he was 11 years old. His father left when he was just a toddler, and no family members were willing to raise him, so Justin entered foster care. Justin’s traumatic childhood coupled with the disruption of constantly moving to new foster homes affected his concentration at school.


When John and Sarah Hansen* opened their home to Justin, he was 16 years old and two grade levels behind. Because of his fragile and emotional state, the Hansens took trauma-informed care classes so they could focus on Justin’s health. John and Sarah applied their training and shared these encouraging words with Justin: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”


With his foster parents’ support, Justin built a sense of control, empowerment and hope for his future. As Justin began to heal from his traumatic past, his concentration at school improved. The Hansens were able to provide state-of-the-art educational software to ensure Justin’s success in the classroom. Within six months, Justin had recovered his credits. Now, he is enrolled in a vocational training program for aspiring electricians.


There are hundreds of children in Texas who need people like John and Sarah to provide a safe and loving home where they feel encouraged, cared for and capable of accomplishing anything they set their minds to. To learn more about how you can be this source of support and encouragement for a child in foster care, please complete the short inquiry form at and one of our knowledgeable Foster In Texas team members will be happy to answer your questions.


*Justin’s story is based on a composite of real stories of the children Upbring serves. While the stories are true, names have been changed to protect the identities of those involved.

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