Over 500,000 children in the U.S. currently reside in some form of foster care with over 30,000 in the state of Texas alone. In situations of abuse and neglect, children may be removed from their parents' home by Child Protective Services (CPS) and placed in foster care. Other reasons for foster placement include severe behavioral problems in the child and/or a variety of parental problems, such as abandonment, illness (physical or emotional), incarceration, AIDS, alcohol/substance abuse, and death.

Two out of three children who enter foster care are reunited with their birth parents within two years.  However, a significant number can spend long periods of time in care awaiting adoption or other permanent arrangement. Options include: returning the child to his/her birth parents; termination of parental rights (a formal legal procedure) to be followed, hopefully, by adoption; or long-term care with foster parents or relatives. The Department of Family and Protective Services encourage efforts to provide the birth parents with support and needed services (e.g. mental health or drug/alcohol treatment, parent skills, training and assistance with child care and/or adequate housing) so their child can be returned to them. 


Children in foster care often struggle with the following issues:

  •      blaming themselves and feeling guilty about removal from their birth parents

  •      wishing to return to birth parents even if they were abused by them

  •      feeling unwanted if awaiting adoption for a long time

  •      feeling helpless about multiple changes in foster parents over time

  •      having mixed emotions about attaching to foster parents

  •      feeling insecure and uncertain about their future

  •      reluctantly acknowledging positive feelings for foster parents

Children in foster care have suffered some level of stress, loss and trauma.  These experiences place them at risk for poor social, academic and mental health outcomes.  Yet we at Angel Wings believe that each of them has the ability to reach their highest potential in the setting of a supportive community, which includes you as their foster parents.