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From Courtroom to Living Room: Ben and Maya’s Adoption Day Marks the Beginning of a Beautiful New Chapter for Foster In Texas Family

Every morning for the past six months, Ben* woke up and marked another day off the family calendar in the kitchen, counting down the days until he and his younger sister Maya* would officially be a Johnson*. It had been two years since Ben, age 8, and Maya, age 6, came to live with the Johnson family through foster care and they were ready to be a forever family at last.

Typically, adoptions take place in a courtroom filled with the love and support of the many people present: the adoptive family and adoptee(s), the judge, the family services worker, the court-appointed special advocate and extended family and friends. It’s an unforgettable day filled with hugs, family photos and celebrations. But the coronavirus pandemic led to a reimagining of adoption hearings. Our Foster In Texas team continues to support adoptive families as many adoptions have transitioned to Zoom or telephone. Last month, our team celebrated reaching a milestone of 50 virtual adoptions. Read More

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How to Celebrate Diversity with Infants and Toddlers

This fall your family may be navigating changes in childcare, school attendance or homeschool connections, but even in these radically different times children are still growing and learningMany of our blog posts this season will focus on learning, so you have additional resources to support the children in your life as they learn more about the world each day, growing up as they go.  

Did you know that children can begin noticing differences in skin color and hair texture as young as three months old? 

As the Director of Admissions and Family Engagement at two Upbring preschools, I know that early childhood sets up a foundation for lifelong learning and values. Exploring diverse children’s books, toys and activities together as a family means that children can begin to celebrate similarities and differences in groups of people, giving them the opportunity to grow in awareness, sensitivity, and empathy, while nurturing their natural curiosity.   Read More

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Building Families Through Adoption: Which Type of Adoption is Right for Your Family?

The journey of adoption usually begins with the exploration of the different types of adoption available. Researching the ways hopeful adoptive parents can expand their families and making a definitive decision on which path to choose can be overwhelming. This guide will explore the three types of adoption that are available to families looking to provide a child or children with a loving and forever home — Foster to Adopt, Domestic Infant Adoption and International Adoption, all offered by Upbring.

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22 Stellar STEAM Activities for Your Family

This fall your family may be navigating changes in childcare, school attendance or homeschool connections, but even in these radically different times children are still growing and learningMany of our blog posts this season will focus on learning, so you have additional resources to support the children in your life as they learn more about the world each day, growing up as they go.  

Are you searching for ways to spark joy in learning for your childTry an interactive STEAM activity with your family. STEAM is an acronym that stands for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Why STEAM? STEAM sparks curiosity. The goal of STEAM is to create inquisitive and empowered explorers who seek to learn new things and rethink existing concepts throughout their lifeYoung people learn how to collaborate, communicate, plan, solve problems and create.   Read More

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