Foster Care Myth: Single Parents

Foster Care Myth: Single Parents A common foster care myth is that single parents can’t foster or adopt from foster care. In reality, single parents can be exactly what a child in foster care needs! Single foster and adoptive parents are in good company, according to the Foster Coalition: about 30% of foster parents are

Building a Foster Care Community

Why I Foster: Building a Foster Care Community May is National Foster Care Month, where we celebrate the dedication of foster parents and raise awareness about the needs of children in foster care. Being a foster parent is about meeting the needs of those children, no matter what their forever home ends up being. Some

Why I Foster: National Foster Care Month

Why I Foster: National Foster Care Month May is National Foster Care Month, where we celebrate the dedication of foster parents and raise awareness about the needs of children in foster care. In Texas, there are over 28,000 children in foster care every day. Some live with foster families, but many are waiting in group homes

Prevent Child Abuse Now to Protect Their Tomorrow

The Time is Now to Prevent Child Abuse Child abuse can last a lifetime, because the effects of trauma can linger well past childhood. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Now is the time to prevent child abuse to protect tomorrow for our most vulnerable children. If the community stands up for children

Siblings Belong Together: Valerie’s story

Siblings belong together: Valerie’s story shows how separation in foster care impacts children in the foster care system—and the transformative effect of keeping siblings together. Valerie Ramirez is a student at Texas State University and is the president of Foster Care Alumni Creating Educational Success. She is currently completing her clinical internship in physical therapy

Siblings Belong Together

Siblings Belong Together We all know that sibling relationships can be lifelong ties. We share all aspects of growing up with our siblings, through all joys and pains. Imagine not having that sibling next to you through a traumatic event as a child. Unfortunately, that’s what happens to most children with siblings in foster care,

We Are Jordyn’s Village

The Pelt Family, Part 2: We Are Jordyn’s Village RaKeesha and Andrew Pelt first came to know Arms Wide through RaKeesha’s sorority sister, who had a good experience with the agency. After much prayer and thought, they decided adoption was best for growing their family, so they adopted Cameron in 2020. But their journey did

ITAV Feature: L.O.V.E.D. Foundation

It Takes a Village Feature: Tamesha Brown, L.O.V.E.D Foundation It takes a village to create change in child welfare. That’s why Arms Wide created It Takes a Village, which aims to improve outcomes for Black children in foster care. Black children make up 47% of children in foster care in Greater Houston but represent only

5 Things to Know about Kinship Care

Kinship caregivers represent 39% of care for children placed in the foster care system, and they play a vital role in a child’s wellbeing. September is National Kinship Care Month, so we put together a list of 5 Things to Know about Kinship Care. #1: Kinship Care is when a relative or close friend is