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Foster In Texas | Upbring - Part 3


Who is Carmen Todd, and Why Does Texas Need More People Like Her?

Carmen Todd knows how it feels to grow up without a stable home and loving family. As a teenager in foster care, she often felt like the “bad” kid nobody wanted. Long ago, Carmen promised herself she would show children in foster care they are loved and celebrated.

Today, she is fulfilling her promise as a foster parent.

“It’s the most humbling and rewarding thing I’ve ever done, and I could not be happier,” Carmen said. “I have fostered nine children since 2015, and each child will always be part of my family.”

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13 Real, Soul-Inspiring Foster Care Quotes from Parents and Children

In recognition of National Foster Care Month, we’re proud to share these real, soul-inspiring  foster care quotes from the children and families we serve.

Every year, Upbring connects nearly 2,000 Texas children with compassionate foster families. Our families do more than open their homes to children and give them a safe place to sleep. They also open their hearts and give them the love and support every children deserves.

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Kinship care

Why Would These Empty Nesters Trade Beach Vacations for Bedtime Stories?

Billy and Lisa never expected to raise another child, but their lives changed forever when they opened their hearts to kinship care.

The couple was like many “empty nesters.” When they weren’t caring for families in hospice care, they took beach vacations and enjoyed the outdoors.

One day, they learned they had a grandson in foster care they didn’t know about. Billy and Lisa couldn’t imagine someone else raising the child. Still, they weren’t sure they were ready to raise him themselves. That changed when they saw the boy’s photo and “instantly fell in love.”

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9 Lessons I Learned About Results Based Leadership While at Upbring

More than 23,000 children will age out of the US foster care system every year. Many have no family, no home and nowhere to turn in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds:

  • After reaching the age of 18, 20% of the children who were in foster care will become instantly homeless.
  • Only 1 out of every 2 foster kids who age out of the system will have some form of gainful employment by the age of 24.
  • There is less than a 3% chance for children who have aged out of foster care to earn a college degree at any point in their life.

Statistics courtesy of the National Foster Youth Institute.

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7 Heartwarming Foster Care Stories

When you were a child, do you remember what you wrote on your Christmas list? You probably asked for the newest toys, games and books you saw in stores and on television.

But for thousands of children, one of the greatest gifts we can give them is a safe, loving home.

Today we’re celebrating seven incredible foster care stories that remind us why we have faith in EVERY future!

  1. Samira Todd, a former child in foster care, shared her inspiring life story when she received the American Dream Scholar Award…FULL STORY
  2. A foster mom shares encouragement for other foster parents…FULL STORY
  3. A surprising concert gives hundreds of children in foster care something to smile about during the holidays…FULL STORY
  4. Senator Chuck Grassley, founder and co-chair of the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth, addresses myths about adopting teens in foster care…FULL STORY
  5. This family looks forward to celebrating the holidays with their biological, adopted, and foster children…FULL STORY
  6. A Beaumont, Texas young adult celebrates being adopted by his former teacher…FULL STORY
  7. The Heart Gallery of Texas showcases photos of 70 children in foster care available for adoption…FULL STORY

Want to give a child a safe, loving home?

Families across Texas have partnered with us to give children in foster care safe, loving homes. But 30,000 more Texas children are still waiting for families to open their homes and hearts to them.

If you want to show a child they are loved, wanted and treasured, learn more about Upbring Foster In Texas.


Austin Habitat for Humanity is helping kids make happy childhood memories

Can This Playhouse Make A Real Impact In Children’s Lives?

Do you remember camping trips, play dates in the park, and Saturday soccer tournaments with your family cheering you on?  Most of us have happy childhood memories, and we want our children to have them, too.

But for many children who enter foster care, typical childhood experiences have taken a back seat to safety and survival. Austin Habitat for Humanity is doing its part to change that.

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San Antonio foster parents Gary and Sabina

San Antonio Foster Parents Build Legacy of Love

Gary and Sabina of San Antonio were blessed with three biological children. Their hearts led them to partner with Upbring foster-to-adopt to add two more to their family. If their story ended there, it would still be worth telling.

But the day they held a 3-month-old with two broken ribs and a broken leg, they knew they had to do more. Read More

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