Play It Out Monday – July 22nd at 6:30pm

The Fostering Collective 201 Winchester Drive, Tyler

Got big behaviors? Do you want to break down walls and work towards building connection and healing our families together? Playfulness disarms the fear response in children.  It helps build connection, teaches social skills, problem solving, communication and life skills.  Laughing swaps the cortisol in our bloodstream with highly sought after chemicals in the brain: dopamine, oxytocin and endorphins. Dopamine can enhance learning, motivation, and attention.

Join us this summer for our “Play It Out” sessions.  Each session has been designed to address issues our families face in the trenches of dealing with big behaviors.  Self regulation, interception,  felt safety and sensory issues are just a few topics we will tackle together.  We have 10 total sessions with 5 different topics each week.  Each session is limited to 20 people so RSVP ASAP. It’s going to be a great summer filled with lots of fun and making great memories.

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Splash Kingdom Day

Splash Kingdom Waterpark 18814 Interstate 20, Canton, TX, United States

Attention foster, adoptive and kinship families connected to The Fostering Collective!

☀️💦 Beat the heat with The Fostering Collective at Splash Kingdom on July 23rd. Join us for fun, snacks, and fellowship. 

🎟️ Tickets are $15 and include all day park entrance plus a meal voucher.  Ages 2 and under are free.

⏰ The park opens at 11am.  Snacks and waters will be at the Fostering Collective canopy til around 4:00. 

🗓️ Plan to stay all day with your family.  Don't miss this cool chance for some fun.  

✅ Register Here!

Play It Out Wednesday – July 24th at 10am

The Fostering Collective 201 Winchester Drive, Tyler

Got big behaviors? Do you want to break down walls and work towards building connection and healing our families together? Playfulness disarms the fear response in children.  It helps build connection, teaches social skills, problem solving, communication and life skills.  Laughing swaps the cortisol in our bloodstream with highly sought after chemicals in the brain: dopamine, oxytocin and endorphins. Dopamine can enhance learning, motivation, and attention.

Join us this summer for our “Play It Out” sessions.  Each session has been designed to address issues our families face in the trenches of dealing with big behaviors.  Self regulation, interception,  felt safety and sensory issues are just a few topics we will tackle together.  We have 10 total sessions with 5 different topics each week.  Each session is limited to 20 people so RSVP ASAP. It’s going to be a great summer filled with lots of fun and making great memories.

✅ Register Here!

Back to School Bash

Fostering Bridges Ministries 1565 FM 2493E, Bullard, United States

💙 Foster, adoptive and kinship families join us for a great night of food, fun and fellowship before we head back to school. 

🎒 We will be passing out school supplies graciously collected and donated by Smith County Child Welfare Board.   

✏️ Come get all the supplies you need as you prepare for the upcoming school year.  Please register to attend.  

✅ Register Here

The Family Collective – Advocating

South Spring Baptist Church 17002 US-69, Tyler, TX, United States

Our adult session this month is going to be led by Neisha LeStage.  Neisha LeStage MS, CRC, LPC-S, AADC is the Division Director of Mental Wellness and Community Education Therapist and Trauma Team Lead at the Andrews Center. 

We are going to spend some time in each session focusing on how to advocate, whether for our children in crisis or for ourselves.  Our Family Collective is our monthly support group for foster, adoptive and kinship families.  Each month, we gather together for dinner and then break off into sessions pending age/grade.  Each session is led by local therapists who are trauma informed and want to support our families.

📍 Location- South Spring Baptist Church 17002 Hwy 69 in Tyler.  
🍽️ Dinner will be served from 5:30-6:00pm.  Sessions will run from 6:00 - 7pm.  

☎️ Contact Christi Sowell at christi@thefosteringcollective.org or 903-253-9144 Ext.101 for more information.   

🗓️ Register to attend

Mt Pleasant Mom Collective

Manna Manna 202 N. Jefferson Ave., Mt. Pleasant, TX, United States

Join other foster, adoptive and kinship moms as we fellowship together.

Please Contact Jen Toss at 903-285-1584 with any questions and to get plugged in. 

Church Collective Meeting

Soma Church 3700 Old Bullard Road, Tyler, TX, United States

Join us for Church Collective on August 8th!

Being part of our Church Collective is the best way we can make an eternal impact on our community. The Church Collective is a partnership among local congregations to recruit and shepherd Christ-centered families in East Texas to help children in foster care.

So who is invited? Any leader within your church or layperson willing to commit to help in this area!

At this meeting we will be sharing more about the Heart Gallery and how we have the opportunity to combine our efforts to raise awareness for children who are currently available for adoption and needing a forever family in East Texas.

Cherokee County Mom Collective

Fostering Bridges Ministries 1565 FM 2493E, Bullard, United States

Join other foster, adoptive and kinship moms as we fellowship together.

Dad Collective Rangers Game

South Spring Baptist Church 17002 US-69, Tyler, TX, United States

Let's go watch some baseball! We are going to watch the Rangers beat the Brewers at the 7:05 game on August 16th. Tickets are only $35 for the game and all you can eat concessions (Grilled chicken sandwiches, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Nachos, Peanuts, Popcorn, and Soft drinks), AND a tour led by Alan Pigg. This deal is too big to pass up! Plus, you will get to hang out with some amazing dads. This is a dads only event.

Meet at South Spring Baptist Church at 3pm to leave Tyler. Please register and make plans to join us for this fun outing. Tickets will go fast.

✅ Register Here!

Mom Collective Brunch

KVNE 7695 Old Jacksonville Hwy, Tyler, TX, United States

We made it!!!! We made it through the summer... kids are back in school and we deserve some MUCH NEEDED girl time and yummy brunch. Our guest speaker is Jen Tosh, parent coach and leader of our Mom Collective in Mt. Pleasant. She's such a joy and inspiration.

Join us Saturday August 19th at 10am at KVNE. Invite your fellow foster, adoptive and kinship moms to join us. This is always such a sweet time when all of our support groups come together to connect.

✅ Register Here

Let’s Connect – Lunch and Learn for Kinship Families

The Fostering Collective 201 Winchester Drive, Tyler

Advocacy – Self-Advocacy – These are important concepts for our kiddos to understand. Advocacy is promoting and defending another person’s rights, needs and interests. An advocate is someone who speaks up for others. Our kiddos will need others to advocate for them as they learn how to speak up for themselves.

What a gift our children will have when they know they are worth advocating for and have the tools to speak up for themselves. Come and let's share ideas about how we can help our kids learn this important skill. Bonus: we get to spend time with each other!!

Let's Connect is our monthly lunch and learn support group specifically for kinship families. Kinship Care is when a relative or family friend is a caregiver to a child. We will meet from 12-1 at The Fostering Collective office, 201 Winchester Dr. in Tyler. Invite a friend and join us. Lunch will be provided so please register.

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Babysitter Training – September 2024

The Fostering Collective's New Building 201 Winchester Drive, Tyler, TX, United States

Attend one training to be certified with multiple agencies to babysit for foster families. Participating agencies include 4Kids4Families, Arrow, Methodist Children's Home, Grace Manor, Christian Homes, Azleway, UpBring, Hope Haven, Buckner, Compass Connection and Noble.

✅  The class is $10 to attend.

😊 Dinner is Provided.

⏰ Class is from 9am - 11am. 

👋 CPR Hands on portion is from 11am-12pm. 

📝 If you need CPR/First Aid, you will need to pay an additional $50 to E&E Heartsavers.  Their Venmo is Nancy-Elliott-CPR.  ☎️ Then text Nancy at 903-714-5101 your name and email address to get started on the online portion of the course.  

🗓️ Register to attend