Conference News

2014 Annual Conference

Posted by on May 16, 2014

The 2014 TFFA Annual Conference Date: September 26-28, 2014 [Friday/Saturday/Sunday] Location: Omni Park West Hotel / Dallas, Texas [1590 LBJ Freeway /Dallas, Texas 75234]...

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News to Know

Chores and Our Youngest Children

Posted by on Sep 1, 2014

Chores and Our Youngest Children by Shari Steelsmith Having toddlers and preschoolers help with household tasks increases skills and self-esteem. When my son was two, I started...

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Alerts!

TFFA Brief on Unaccompanied Alien Children

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014

This brief, in response to inquiries TFFA is receiving regarding the many unaccompanied alien children who are entering the US illegally, is general in nature due to the...

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Podcast

Ginny Judson, guest on Dr. John DeGarmo’s Radio Program

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014

Texas’ own, the wonderful Ginny Judson, was a guest on this week’s Foster Talk with Dr. John. If you missed the show, click on the link to listen to the archive...

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Recent Posts

TFFA Uses Social Media

SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE TEXAS FOSTER FAMILY ASSOCIATION When is the last time you went to the Yellow Pages to find a service or company? It’s a new world! People don’t use traditional outreach/marketing such as direct mailers. It’s time to jump on the social media engagement bandwagon!!  If we don’t engage in conversations on social media, we risk losing...

Chores and Our Youngest Children

Chores and Our Youngest Children by Shari Steelsmith Having toddlers and preschoolers help with household tasks increases skills and self-esteem. When my son was two, I started wondering if it was too early to expect him to help with certain tasks. It seemed that he arrived in this world absolutely opposed to putting away toys of any kind and responded to my...

Help for Dyslexia

Roughly one in five people has dyslexia, but the language processing difficulties that accompany dyslexia exist on a spectrum–meaning that the experience of dyslexia differs from person to person. Dyslexia is not the result of lackluster instruction or poor eyesight, and with the proper support, people with dyslexia can become good (or great) readers and...

IT’S BACK-TO-SCHOOL TIME!

Tips for Preparing Your Kids for a New School Year Written By: Nancy Magnall, IFAPA Resource Information Specialist “Where has the summer gone?” seems to be a popular refrain we hear from parents this time of year. As summer activities, camps, and vacations are winding down, thoughts turn to back-to-school issues. Wise parents start preparing their children...

How Childhood Neglect Harms the Brain

Like any new mother, the woman we’ll call Braille was full of hope and excitement the day she welcomed her son into her life seven years ago. “Peter” was 7 years old at the time of his adoption. He’d been living in foster care after being taken from his biological mother. According to Braille, Peter and his siblings endured years of neglect and abuse living...

Preying on the Vulnerable: Foster Youth Face High Risk of Identity Theft

Children in foster care are at greater risk of becoming victims of identity theft and entering adulthood with their credit already in shambles, experts say. Child advocates say that foster youth are particularly vulnerable to identity theft because they bounce from one home to another, giving an expanding group of adults access to their private information....