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Foster In Texas Archives • Page 3 of 3 • Upbring

The Mrs. – Inspiring Us All, One Song at a Time

“About to speak my mind. I won’t wait forever, and I won’t be last. Now I’m breaking through the ceiling made of glass. No need to ask. I’m enough, I’m enough, I’m enough, I’m enough.”- Enough by The Mrs.

When you think of the kind of champion you want in your corner as you work to break the cycle of child abuse – especially by empowering children and young women – I recommend The Mrs. They are four women using music to change the way other women see themselves: a top priority – as they inspire women to know that they are enough.

This message was performed for hundreds of Upbring’s friends who recently gathered at The Westin Austin at the Domain for the organization’s signature fundraising event, Upbring Red Ball. Since the Austin-based event supports Upbring Foster in Texas, New Life Children’s Center and BeREAL Austin, the band’s original songs served as a platform for more than just dancing the night away.

The Mrs. encouraged us to achieve our dreams in their hit Dare Me. The pop anthem Somewhere to Go reminded guests that they are never alone and they have someone to turn to when “the sky is fallin’ down.” These lyrics encouraged everyone in the room that night, so just imagine the impact on a girl living at New Life Children’s Center or in the Foster In Texas program! When I think about the positivity these artists are bringing into the world, I realize The Mrs. is made up of precisely the type of role models we hope to bring into the lives of those we serve.

Andra Liemandt founded The Mrs. after falling in love with drumming after her second daughter was born. More than just a band, The Mrs. has turned into a movement to help women see themselves in a positive light and ban negative self-talk. The band’s #IamEnough Campaign and “The Magic Mirror” recently gained national attention and sparked important conversations about the significance of self-acceptance and love.

Upbring was honored that The Mrs. chose to partner with us for Red Ball Austin.

Andra often partners with organizations in the community that are aligned with the band’s founding values. Most recently, Andra founded The Kindness Campaign on the belief that kindness is the key to changing the way children see themselves and how they relate to one another.

In an interview with Rockstar Magazine, the group offered these encouraging words to readers: “Never give up. Never let other people dictate your own story. You can absolutely achieve your dreams if you dare yourself.”

We want to thank The Mrs. for promoting their positive message and continuing to inspire us all.

About the Author

Jacie Minnick is a grant writer and member of the Upbring external relations team. Jacie recently relocated to Austin from Indiana, where she attended Hanover College (Go Panthers!). Off the clock, Jacie and her husband Jerry enjoy exploring all the things that make Austin unique, including dining at quirky restaurants, catching the latest highly acclaimed movie, and supporting the local Pug rescue mission.

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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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Austin Habitat for Humanity is helping kids make happy childhood memories
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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
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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

How to Become Foster Parents in Texas in 9 Steps

How to Become Foster Parents in Texas

Wondering how to become foster parents in Texas? Foster In Texas (FIT) works with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to find loving families for thousands of children each year. We know that getting started as a new foster parent can seem scary, so we’ve simplified the process into nine steps that paint a clear picture of how to become foster parents in Texas. Read More

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Meet the Ratcliffs

Like many couples, Fred and Portia Ratcliff wanted desperately to experience the joys of parenthood. But after trying for 10 years to conceive, the couple opened their minds – and their hearts – to another way of building their family.

Since 2006, the Ratcliffs have partnered with Upbring Foster In Texas to welcome nearly 200 children into their home.

By the time they arrive at the Ratcliff’s door, some of these precious children have been stripped of everything, from their self-esteem to the clothes on their back. Once, a newborn came straight from the hospital with nothing but a dirty diaper.

From toothpaste to clothes to three hot meals a day, the Ratcliffs provide the children in their care with the essentials of daily life. But that is just the beginning.

These incredibly brave children cannot stand up for themselves, so the Ratcliffs stand up for them. Portia beams with pride when she explains that the kids affectionately refer to her as Mama Bear because they know she will always go to bat for them.

For the Ratcliffs, fostering is a soul-feeding, lifetime passion. With an endless supply of love to give, they will continue welcoming any child who needs a safe, nurturing place to call home.

For the rest of the Ratcliff’s inspiring story, visit our YouTube page and watch their short video.

Upbring to Accept Donation from South Plains Archery Club During Annual Celebration of Lubbock-Area Ministries

Shallowater, Texas – June 8, 2017 – Upbring, one of Texas’ largest foster care and adoption service providers, will host its Seventh Annual Beer & Brats celebration at Biggin Hill Air Park in Shallowater at 5:30 p.m. today. During the event, Upbring supporters on the South Plains will celebrate Upbring programs that directly serve the Lubbock community. The South Plains Archery Club will also present Upbring with a donation benefitting Lubbock-area children served by the Upbring Foster In Texas (FIT) program.

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All-Day Celebration of Tyler Foster Families Being Held at New Upbring Foster Care Office Today

Austin, Texas – June 2, 2017 – Upbring, one of Texas’ largest foster care and adoption service providers, will host an all-day open house at its new Foster In Texas (FIT) location in Tyler at 6770 Old Jacksonville Hwy, Suite 104 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. today. This community event will allow Upbring’s FIT staff to share information with community members about the great need for foster care families in Texas and how they could serve as foster parents.

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