Legislative Recap: The End Result of the 86th Texas Legislative Session

Overview We at the Texas Alliance of Child and Family Services (TACFS) are honored to work for and represent child welfare community organizations such as Arms Wide Adoption Services. While the work of our team is diverse, a significant portion of our work revolves around our advocacy efforts, specifically with child welfare stakeholders, state agencies,

A Team Approach to Trauma-Informed Care: Workshop Takeaways

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a workshop titled, “A Team Approach to Trauma-Informed Care.” We covered topics like: What is childhood trauma? Are there different types of trauma? What are the effects? We talked about how children who have experienced trauma often have underdeveloped brains. This is because they spend so much time

Confessions of an Adoptee – Finding Your Biological Family

Disclaimer: These are the confessions of an adoptee through the eyes of a private, closed infant adoption and Arms Wide employee. Arms Wide Adoption Services exclusively works with children in the Texas foster care system who have experienced abuse, neglect or abandonment and are in need of safe and nurturing forever families. If families are

Partnering with A.D. Players’ Stuart Little

During the months of July and August, Arms Wide Adoption Services is excited to partner with A.D. Players as they present Stuart Little: The Musical. From A.D. Players: “As with all Academy Productions, our educational goal is to partner with a local philanthropic cause to promote awareness for a particular need in the community. The

Meet Our Kids: Kiki & Joy

Kiki & Joy (13 & 14) are part of our child-focused recruitment program, which provides intensive social work services to find the best adoptive family for children by exploring all facets of the kids’ family, school, and friendship circles, as well as recruiting potential families from the broader community. Today in Texas, there are more

Understanding Diligent Search

Earlier this month, we shared with you how proud and honored we are to be to implementing Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. In this blog, you were also able to meet our Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiters: Chelsey Castro and Stephanie Griffith. We sat down with them to

Wendy’s Wonderful Kids

Proud Partner of Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Arms Wide Adoption Services is pleased to be implementing Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, a signature program of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. This program brings children waiting to be adopted from foster care one step closer to safe, loving and permanent homes. Through Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, the Foundation provides

Confessions of an Adoptee – Blake’s Take

Disclaimer: These are the confessions of an adoptee named Blake Willis who wheres the lens of a private, closed infant adoption. Arms Wide Adoption Services exclusively works with children in the Texas foster care system who have experienced abuse, neglect or abandonment and are in need of safe and nurturing forever families. If families are

Guest Blog: Love Fosters Hope on Child Abuse Prevention Month

Love Fosters Hope is a Texas-based non-profit organization with many facets, but one purpose: To impact the lives of children and teens in foster care who have been abused, neglected or abandoned. Their mission is to inspire hope and bring healing to foster children and youth. Arms Wide Adoption Services is proud to work with