Upbring Transitional Foster Care was established in El Paso in 2008 to provide expanded services to very young unaccompanied minors. The program has served hundreds of children since – furnishing lifesaving support including medical care, case management, education and psychological and spiritual care, legal services and community-based activities. Upbring’s Transitional Foster Care is called to serve these children and offer them opportunities for a better life.
Verified foster families in the El Paso area care for these children, ages 0-17, with priority given to those 12 years of age and under, sibling groups and pregnant or parenting teens. The program has the capacity to care for 50 children.
Transitional Foster Care Parents
- Foster parents in El Paso are:
- verified by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services;
- thoroughly screened;
- oriented and trained – specifically toward the particular needs of foreign and immigrant children – to serve as foster parents by Upbring.
Upbring’s Transitional Foster Care program is separate and distinct from the Upbring Foster In Texas domestic foster care program in El Paso.
Upbring opened its second Transitional Foster Care program in Corpus Christi during Fall 2014 to continue to help very young unaccompanied minors – mostly from the Central American countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras – who arrived in the U.S. alone and vulnerable.
Upbring’s Transitional Foster Care programs ensure they have a safe, temporary environment, surrounded by professional staff and/or trained and nurturing foster parents. We provide necessary medical care, education, psychological and spiritual care, and case management services while the children move through the court system.
Upbring continues to have an increased need for qualified and capable foster parents to provide safe, stable homes.
Children in Transitional Foster Care
The largest numbers 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. Children leave their country of origin to escape from abusive family situations, 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 equivalent of the U.S.’s sixth grade. Older children cite the high incidence of violence in their home countries as a reason for migration.
- Children are predominately Spanish-speaking
- Average length of stay in a foster home is 30-40 days
- Unaccompanied minors often suffer from post-traumatic stress
- The most common forms of trauma are abandonment by parents, or primary caretakers, and physical abuse.
- Unaccompanied minors in the Transitional Foster Care program are not available for adoption.
For more information about becoming a Transitional Foster Care parent, call:
- El Paso – 915-771-0281
- Corpus Christi – 361-400-1200