Life Matters

Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
James 1:27 (HSCB)

Fostering

There is a desperate need for licensed foster homes in our area.

Some children are having to spend the night in CPS offices from lack of a suitable home for them. What is God calling you, your family or your Small Group to do to make a difference in the lives of foster children in our area?

How do you become a foster parent?

  • Be interested in providing a temporary home for children
  • Be legally married for at least two years (Unmarried, single applicants also eligible to apply)
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have a high school diploma, G.E.D
  • Have access to transportation
  • Have a work schedule that allows for at least one parent to be with the child before and after school, on the weekends, and during the child’s sleeping hours.
  • Choose an agency to become licensed through.
  • Complete pre-service training as required by your agency.

 

I can’t provide a foster home, what can I do to help?

  • Partner with a specific foster family and complete agency required trainings to provide respite care and/or babysitting services.
  • Partner with a specific foster family and provide needed items.
  • Partner with a specific foster family and provide lawncare.
  • Provide registration fees for Upwards sports for a foster child.
  • Mentor a child in foster care.

101 Ways to Get Involved in Foster Care

To get your family or small group involved:

Adoption

Questions about beginning the adoption process? Need support as an adoptive couple or single parent? Meet with members of the Life Matters team here at Mobberly any Wednesday evening in the Bridge D101 from 6-8 p.m.

PRIDE Classes

The CPS program requires potential foster parents to attend the PRIDE training. PRIDE is a competency-based program consisting of 10 three-hour sessions, and covers topics ranging from attachment issues, loss issues, discipline, effects of abuse and neglect, sexual abuse, and the effects of fostering and adopting on the family. PRIDE is taught through a co-trainer model that consists of an agency trainer and a foster or adoptive parent trainer. PRIDE is designed to train prospective foster and adoptive parents together.

Additional trainings required vary by agency.

Crisis Pregnancy

Expectant Heart
www.expectantheart.org / 903.931.3124
Have you recently taken a pregnancy test or missed a period? Are you pregnant? If a baby is not in your plans, you may be feeling like your world is crashing in around you. We are here to help, you don’t have to go through this alone. Our desire is to stop your world from spinning out of control by providing free, long term support. We’re not here to judge or tell you what you should decide. We don’t make any money off of anything you choose to do. We’re here to provide you with a free lab quality pregnancy test and medically accurate information. Our trained volunteers will go over all of your options with you if your pregnancy test result is positive and walk you through the ways we can help.

Upcoming Life Matters Events

Helpful Resources

ABBA Fund

ABBA Fund provides interest-free covenant loans to Christian couples who are called by God to expand their families through adoption and who need help with the “cash-flow crunch” posed by adoption expenses. LifeMatters has established an ABBA Fund for Mobberly families. Visit www.ABBAFund.org.
Contact Information
Adoption, Crisis Pregnancy and Foster Care Services

Mobberly Life Matters Leadership Team – for more information contact [email protected] – 903-746-2305

CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocate – www.easttexascasa.org – 903.753.8093

Community Partners – Rainbow Room: a resource room for foster families, case workers, & CPS – Nancy Eldridge 903.757.0588

Buckner – Foster care & adoption www.buckner.org or 903.757.9383

CPS – Child Protective Services – www.dfps.state.tx.us – Shelly Johnson-Foster/Adoptive Home Developer – 903.233.5256 or [email protected]

Grace Manor –  [email protected] – 936.598.3611

Hannah House Maternity Home – www.plministries.org – 903-238-5351

Expectant Heart Pregnancy Resource Center – www.expectantheart.org – 903.931.3124

Texas Foster Family Association – www.tffa.org – Maud Wright 903.539.1912

Report Abuse: – www.txabusehotline.org – 1.800.252.5400