Upbring‘s Transitional Foster Care (TFC) programs provide lifesaving support to the youngest unaccompanied children. Our TFC programs launched began in El Paso, TX in 2008 and in Corpus Christi, TX during the Fall of 2014. Upbring’s TFC programs ensure that young unaccompanied children have a safe, temporary environment, surrounded by professional staff and/or trained and nurturing foster parents where they receive necessary medical care, education, psychological and spiritual care, and case management services while the children move through the court system.
The need for capable foster parents is great and is only continuing to grow. If you’re interested in partnering with Upbring to care for these young children who have made a tough journey, please give us a call at 915-771-0281 (El Paso) or 361-400-1200 (Corpus Christi).
Children in Transitional Foster Care FAQs
Where are they traveling from?
- A majority of children in Upbring’s Transitional Foster Care program migrate from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador and are among the most vulnerable populations in the U.S.
Why did they leave their home country?
- Children often leave their country of origin to escape from violence or abusive family situations, to reunite with family members in the U.S. or to seek better education and employment opportunities. Many families living in Central American countries cannot afford to continue their children’s education past the U.S. equivalent of the sixth grade.
Tell me more about the children
- The children are usually predominately Spanish-speaking and often suffer from post-traumatic stress. The most common forms of trauma they have experienced are physical abuse and abandonment by parents or primary caretakers.
How long would I care for them?
- The average length of stay in a foster home is 30-40 days.
Can I adopt them?
- Unaccompanied minors in the TFC program are not available for adoption.
Transitional Foster Care Parents FAQ
What must I do to become a Transitional Foster parent with Upbring?
- Transitional Foster parents must be verified by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, thoroughly screened and must be oriented and trained to handle the specific needs of foreign and immigrant children.
Is Upbring’s Transitional Foster Care program part of Foster In Texas?
- The Transitional Foster Care program is separate from the Upbring Foster In Texas domestic foster care program in El Paso.
How can I learn more?
- For more information about becoming a Transitional Foster Care parent, please call 915-771-0281 (El Paso) or 361-400-1200 (Corpus Christi)