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A variety reasons motivate people and families to adopt a child or children out of orphanages and foster care and raise them as their own children. Among those reasons are the medical inability to have children and a desire to bring the feeling of a family to another individual. Below are some terms to be familiar with when preparing your family for the adoption process.

  • Addiction – The state enslaved to a habit or practice. In many cases the statistics state that a large part of mothers who gave up their children were battling narcotics addictions.
  • Narcotic – Any of a class of substances that blunt the sense, such as alcohol, opium and cocaine. The rate of newborn addictions is startling. Newborn children are born addicted to narcotics because they pick up the drug in the womb from their mother.
  • Clinic – A place for the treatment of nonresident patients at low cost. Often young mothers get treatment and information provided to them about pregnancy as well as giving adoption consent at clinics.
  • Orphanage – An institution or organization for kids without parents.
  • Foster – To bring up or raise. Often foster care is a temporary guardian for kids who are looking for permanent homes and families. For the service they provide foster parents are provided with payments by the state’s child welfare program.
  • Welfare - A governmental agency service that provides funds and aid to people in need including state dependents such as children. Children leave the state welfare program for kids at the age of eighteen nationwide.
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    The Grandberry Intervention Foundation
    4109 Mansfield Hwy, Fort Worth, TX 76119
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    (817) 561-4149
     
    User Review: "Could not get ahold of the agency and no voice mail set up."
    Covenant Kids
    320 Westway Pl Ste 530, Arlington, TX 76018
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    (817) 516-9100
     
    User Review: "We were foster parents for approx. 3 years and had 20 kids come through our home and covenant kids was our sponsors. They..."
    Pathways Youth & Family Services
    1864 Norwood Dr Ste D, Hurst, TX 76054
    (817) 391-0771
    Texas Baptist Home-Bedford
    3901 Airport Fwy Ste 200, Bedford, TX 76021
    (817) 355-1700
    Angel Heart
    610 S Industrial Blvd, Euless, TX 76040
    (817) 283-2560
    Lutheran Social Services of The South Mesquite
    3001 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy, Dallas, TX 75234
    (214) 243-6929
    Lutheran Social Services of The South Mesquite
    3001 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy, Dallas, TX 75234
    (972) 243-6929
    Therapeutic Family Life-Arlington
    2229 Avenue J, Arlington, TX 76006
    (817) 265-0148
    Bair Foundation The
    4425 W Airport Fwy Ste 450, Irving, TX 75062
    (972) 957-0030
    Dallas Foster Care
    4000 Mcewen Rd, Dallas, TX 75244
    (972) 628-5340
    Children of The Anointed
    1912 Kerry Dr, Arlington, TX 76013
    (817) 275-6636
    Mentor Clinical Care
    2225 E Randol Mill Rd Ste 630, Arlington, TX 76011
    (817) 460-1332
    Methodist Children's Home
    13140 Coit Rd Ste 400, Dallas, TX 75240
    (972) 480-8772
    Arrow Project The
    1475 Richardson Dr Ste 206, Richardson, TX 75080
    (972) 480-9600
    Carter County Group Home
    109 Blackberry St, Lone Grove, OK 73443
    (580) 657-4707


    Foster care services are generally intended to be short-term housing solutions for children of all ages, who have been displaced from their home. When a minor is made a ward of the government, because they have been given up for adoption or taken away from abusive parents, the child may stay with a foster family on a temporary basis until a permanent housing placement is made. Reunification with the child's biological parents, legal adoption, and permanent transfer of guardianship are all considered permanent placements in the eyes of the government. Minors who have been referred to a foster care agency are usually monitored by a social worker from the human services department in their particular state. This system ensures the child is receiving the proper support, protection, and day-to-day care from an upstanding family until a permanent situation becomes available. Foster parents require state certification, and will usually receive a stipend from the state or from a charitable foundation for their services. While the minor remains in foster care, all legal decisions pertaining to his or her wellbeing is made by the state, via the child protection agency. A child may voluntarily or involuntarily go into foster care for a number of reasons. If the biological parents are undergoing addiction treatment in a rehabilitation program, are deceased, or simply unwilling to care for a minor child, the said minor may then be placed in the private home of a state certified caregiver. If the biological family can overcome their problems and prove that home life has changed for the better, the state may grant reunification.
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