Here is a User Manual that provides tips and guidelines for our enhanced site.
Please note: The Texas Adoption Resources Exchange (TARE) has been enhanced with several features. To view the full information on each child and to inquire about a child or sibling group online, you will need to create a unique log-in account and build a family profile in the TARE system. All families previously registered with Adoption Family Network (AFN) will need to re-register to put their information in the new, redesigned TARE website. To re-register, create a new log-in account and build a family profile in TARE.
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.
Mr. Pruitt has been a licensed foster/adopt parent since 2008. During this time Mr. Pruitt has had 16 placements in his home ranging from 3 days old to 8 years old. Currently Mr. Pruitt has 3 foster placements ranging from 2 to 4 years old.
In November 2011, during National Adoption Month, Mr. Pruitt was able to adopt Malaki. Malaki had been a foster placement since he was 9 days old. During the consummation hearing the Judge praised Mr. Pruitt for stepping up and becoming a single adoptive parent.
Mr. Pruitt is a great foster parent and considers his foster children as his own. Each and every time he is considering taking a vacation he takes into consideration "all" of the children placed in his home when making plans. He never wants to leave any of them behind.
Mr. Pruitt regularly attends the Foster Parent Association Meetings in the Dallas area and we are fortunate to have him as one of our foster parents here in Dallas County.
President Sets in Motion National Adoption Month
President Barack Obama opened National Adoption Month by issuing a proclamation emphasizing that a home and loving family is one of life's most cherished gifts. In his statement he highlighted the benefits adoption provides for the children and thier 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 this month 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,
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, physical or sexual abuse.