A local organization is trying to help those in the field of child welfare with the tools needed to assist children in foster care or who have been adopted.
Pat Stacy and his wife started out wanting to adopt one baby girl some years ago to now 11 years later, having adopted two children and fostered more than 70.
“Once we got into the foster care system, and realize the number of kids out there that needed homes and needed help we couldn’t turn away,” Stacy said.
However, becoming a foster family is not always an easy transition, that is why 2INgage is hosting a two-day conference for the community and professionals working in child welfare about trauma-informed care.
“So many children in the child welfare systems and families have experienced so much trauma and it just gives us more opportunities to learn more about how do you help children and families to heal from the trauma they have experienced,” 2INgage Community Engagement Director Randy Neff said.
Having gone to a conference before, Stacy said the necessary tools have been provided for him to better understand how to build the trust needed and how to help the children work through their pain.
“This hugely impacted my family of how we deal with children, and things you’ll hear from foster families before they go through this TBRI training and this power to connect is wow I feel like I have been doing it wrong all these years,” Stacy said.
“People seldom care how much you know until they know how much you care and I think once you establish that with children and with families, that’s when the work can be done to help them overcome what they have experienced,” Neff said.
At the end of this all, both Neff and Stacy said they hope those in attendance will learn and grow from the information given by applying it to their daily lives.
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Follow this link for details on foster/adopt informational meetings here in Wichita Falls.