Child welfare workers throughout Texas continue to work to find safe housing for hundreds of foster parents who do not have proper placement. Leaders at the Gladney Adoption Center are experimenting with new models that they believe will lead to successful adoption and free the beds needed for foster care.
This program is being implemented at their housing center, Gladney Home.
“We didn’t just want to be another cold facility,” said supervisor Heather Rogers.
Rogers toured NBC5 with a house that looked like a college dormitory. Each girl can get their own room and bathroom and decorate it as they like.
In the cafeteria, you can see charts where girls can request their favorite foods and schedule other activities such as equine-assisted therapy, sports and shopping.
“We are doing our best to make them feel at home,” Rogers said.
While defenders look for their eternal family, it’s part of their strategy to help girls learn to trust and build relationships.
“Our hope is that when she comes to us, we will create a safe, loving and nurturing environment for her so that she can become herself and break the walls. That’s what it is, “Rogers said.
In 2019, when Gladney opened the door to teens in foster care, Texas was unable to find a safe placement in a crisis called Placeless Children (CWOP). I was starting to see more.
“I hear a lot of stories about kids sleeping in the office and sleeping in the hotel because they’re growing more and more, and that’s something we have to stop for some reason,” said Gradney, CEO of the Recruiting Center. Mark Melson, Chief Executive Officer, said.
Melson believes that because they are home providers and recruiters, there is a unique opportunity to get to know the girls so that they can better prepare their adoptive families for the future path. ..
“What is her psychic power? What is she good at? What sometimes pulls her away from the other side? When we put her in that loving, compassionate family, I How do we help her as we prepare her for success in the family? “He said.
This setting is important because agencies report that 10-20% of hires do not work. Gladney counselors are working to make the transition to adoption easier and more sustainable for children and their new families.
“We call it a family for the rest of our lives,” Melson said.
Melson and Rogers state that the goal is successful recruitment, but that may not be the result. Some girls choose not to be hired. Others grow older without finding a family. No matter what happens, they want to provide girls with the tools and lifelong communities they need for a successful future. Gladney counselors work to stay connected with the girls and help them when they are gone.
“We want to make sure that the time she spends with us is impactful and she remembers where she was safe and loved,” Rogers said. rice field.
Melson also believes that their center is underutilized. Currently, there live 5 girls and 10 open beds.
They say CASA volunteers and other child welfare workers who need a safe place for their children can contact them. Learn more about.