Network of Nurture

Helping Texas Children

The faith community has a long history of helping those in need. DFPS wants to partner with all faith communities in Texas to help children in foster care, their parents and kinship families.

Our goal is to have every faith community in Texas get involved with helping children and families in their own community. There are many ways your faith community can help.

Do you ever want to know what happens to families during the court process? Well, participate in our Clergy in the Court program. Are you willing to provide a bed, food or other resources many families need? If so, come learn about the CarePortal program.

Texas Faith-Based Model

The Texas Faith-Based Model is a joint effort between DFPS and faith-based communities of all denominations and religious affiliations. The goals are to:

  • Change the way DFPS collaborates with the faith community to promote positive outcomes for children and families.
  • Enhance the well-being of children by shortening their stay in the foster care system.
  • Decrease the time for children to achieve permanency.
  • Improve community relations.

While DFPS works to ensure children are protected, the need for permanency and connection is equally as important. The child welfare system alone cannot meet the needs of children and families.

As part of the Texas Faith-Based Model, DFPS provides information to local congregations about the needs of children and families in their area. The local congregation then decides what type of ministry to develop. DFPS assists with information, attending meetings, and answering questions about the children and families needing help.

Congregations assist in many ways, such as day care, parties for special occasions, transportation, becoming respite care providers, babysitters, foster parents, or adoptive homes. The services range from prevention to permanency.