Network of Nurture

The State of Texas is working hard to strengthen our foster care system. Greg has made CPS reform one of his signature goals as Governor, and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Hank Whitman has implemented numerous reforms during his tenure. However, providing the support that foster and adoptive families need is a bigger job than state government can do alone.

It requires a Network of Nurture –  a community of individuals and families, friends, local leaders, nonprofit organizations, businesses, faith community members, and anyone willing to open their hands, their hearts, or their homes to the children and families in the state’s child welfare system.

In January 2017, Commissioner Whitman and I launched Network of Nurture with a series of letters encouraging Texans to get involved.

Our first letter was sent to over 800 faith partners across Texas asking them to join the Network of Nurture by finding ways that their ministries and congregations could do more to support the children and families in the state’s child welfare system. Just a few weeks later our second letter praised an initiative that Fostering Hope Austin and the Heart Gallery of Central Texas have launched to address the need for babysitting and short-term child care, and encouraged other child placement providers to look into replicating the program in their areas of Texas.

But you don’t have to be a member of a faith community or have the skills and time to commit to becoming a certified babysitter to join the Network of Nurture.

Below are some ways you can join our Network of Nurture:

Texans who commit to being a part of the Network of Nurture can contribute as little or as much of their time, talent and treasure as they are able, with the goal of providing the assistance, understanding, and encouragement that these families and children need, from the communities where they live. 

Because every child deserves the chance to succeed – and there are thousands of children waiting for that chance.

We already have some wonderful partners in our Network of Nurture: child placement agencies, the faith community, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and even a couple of country music stars.

With your help, we can continue to expand this Network, and give every Texas child the opportunity for a healthy, purposeful life.