Encouraging religion in foster homes is the goal behind a new, faith-based program at child protective services.
Child, or "Congregations Helping in Love and Dedication" wants to put more focus on religion in foster families.
Clergy members are being asked to help find families in their church who want to keep foster children in their homes.
Those who can help with daycare, tutoring, and mentoring of foster children are also needed.
For more information call The Department of Family and Protective Services at 358-6211.
From the The DFPS website:
Congregations Helping in Love and Dedication (CHILD) is a unique collaboration between Texas' faith-based communities and Child Protective Services to find loving homes for children who have come into the state's care due to abuse and neglect. The goal of CHILD is to recruit and license as foster parents at least two families from each participating congregation. Additionally, each congregation will have the opportunity to develop supportive services for their foster families. These services could include:
- respite care,
- reduced tuition for day care,
- tutoring and after-school programs,
- celebrations for special occasions, and
- enrichment activities.
The CHILD faith-based recruitment program was made possible through the passage of Senate Bill 1489, 78th Texas Legislature, Regular Session. The Governor signed it into law on June 20, 2003.