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Meet Jade
I am described by others as lovable, personable, animated, and energetic. I enjoy playing with other children at school and at home.

Welcome to the TARE website!

The Texas Adoption Resource Exchange (TARE) website helps match children awaiting adoption with adoptive parents. It includes photos and profile information on children available for adoption and allows families to provide information about their adoption preferences and interests in adopting a child. Families need to create an account and complete a family profile in order to view the full profile information and to inquire on children or sibling groups. Refer to the User Manual for tips and guidelines on creating an account and completing a family profile.

Fostering Unaccompanied Refugee Minors

Many Texans have inquired about becoming foster parents for the unaccompanied refugee minors who have come to Texas. Individuals interested in fostering these children can reach out to the Federal Office of Refugee Resettlement's Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) program.
The URM can be reached by e-mail at Urmprogram@acf.hhs.gov.

Digital Government Achievement AwardsTARE website named "Best of Texas"

The Center for Digital Government honored the TARE website as "Best Application Serving the Public" in its annual Best of Texas awards. The website was also a finalist in the overall national Digital Government Achievement Awards competition. The awards recognize outstanding government portals and websites based on innovation, functionality, and efficiency.

An Unexpected Journey

Collage photos of Danny walking on a railroad track with his guitar in hand.Danny was nine when he came to our home with his brother and another sibling group. All four children came to us as foster children with an expected two month time period. As it turned out, we adopted all four children. There were some hurdles along the way for all of us, but seeing that Danny is now through school and off to college, helps put things in perspective.

Danny will be attending the University of the Ozarks in Arkansas with a full tuition scholarship for academics and theatre. He played football all through school and then discovered drama his senior year. Danny still loves sports as well as theatre, in addition to playing guitar and piano. Danny competes with his church drama group on a national level traveling to various states. He has also traveled to Europe with a school group. Danny has been in several dramatic productions with his high school, including “West Side Story”. Danny hopes to become a professional actor and he has made several video series that have been posted on YouTube. Danny excelled in academics, drawing, and athletics and won many awards and contests, in addition to being employed.

We attempt to introduce our kids to different experiences, possibilities, travel, and we want them to have a broad view of all of the things they can accomplish. Whether that is cheerleading, art, theatre, or cooking, we hope they are prepared for life and have many options for happiness.

Thank you for what you and your team help accomplish every day. Yes, there are many sad stories about children in your care, but hopefully, many of them will end up with much happier stories and experiences. 

Abbreviated story from Danny’s mom, Lisa Barnes

President Sets in Motion National Adoption Month

President Barack Obama opened National Adoption Month by issuing a proclamation emphasizing that every child deserves a chance to a loving family. He further acknowledges and celebrates the families who give so much to provide a permanent place to call home for children in need. In his statement he highlighted the benefits adoption provides for the children and their adoptive parents. The proclamation also celebrates the adoptive parents who give so much to these youth. In addition to the Affordable Care Act which improves the Adoption Tax Credit, the proclamation also mentions the implementation of the International Adoption Simplification Act, which has made it easier for families to adopt, as well as the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act, which will help reduce the length of time young children are without families. President Obama ended his statement with a call for all Americans to show tribute in the month of November by lending a hand to help find homes for every child in need and to honor the families who care for them.

Texas Adoption Day

GOVERNMENT CODE, TITLE 6, SUBTITLE B,
CHAPTER 662 added by Acts 2007, 80th Legislature,

Sec. 662.053 TEXAS ADOPTION DAY

(a) The Saturday before Thanksgiving Day of each year is Texas Adoption Day to celebrate and encourage adoption, adoptive families, and adoption workers in Texas.

(b) Texas Adoption Day shall be regularly observed by appropriate ceremonies and activities that encourage participation in and raise awareness about the adoption process and that honor adoptive families and adoption workers in Texas.

(c) The Department of Family and Protective Services shall create a statewide awareness campaign to promote Texas Adoption Day and shall coordinate ceremonies and activities held throughout the state.

Photo listings are updated daily. Families with approved home studies can inquire through the child's interest form on their photo/profile page. Go to View Waiting Children.

Photographs of children available for adoption and in Heart Galleries are for viewing only and may not be downloaded, used, or published without the express permission of DFPS and/or the photographers who took them.

Note: Children come into the care of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) due to abuse or neglect. Therefore, families who adopt children through the agency should have an understanding or be willing to learn the dynamics of neglect and physical or sexual abuse.