|By Marketwired .||
|May 5, 2014 10:27 AM EDT||
AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwired) -- 05/05/14 -- Today, Foster In Texas (FIT), a program of Lutheran Social Services of the South (LSS), is launching a recruitment campaign during May, which is National Foster Care Month, to address the urgent statewide need for foster families capable and willing to foster infants, sibling groups, special needs children and teens.
"Every child deserves a loving home," said Murray Chanow, Foster In Texas Statewide Recruitment Director. "Each year, thousands of Texas children need to be placed in homes where they can feel safe, secure and nurtured. Foster parents are the bridge to a more hopeful future."
National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity for people to focus attention on the year-round needs of children in foster care and encourages people to get involved in the lives of these youth. Currently, Texas is experiencing an urgent need for foster homes.
There are nearly 31,000 children in foster care in Texas now, a number expected to rise significantly as the state faces an unprecedented increase in the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border each year due to growing political unrest and violence in Mexico and Central America. According to a report released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in January, the number of unaccompanied minors coming to Texas could climb as high as 60,000 in 2014. More than 40% of the children in foster care in Texas are Hispanic; 30% are anglo and 23% are African American with nearly the same amount of boys (53%) and girls (47%).
The desire to help children in need draws people to explore foster parenting. By becoming a foster parent, people are giving kids a second chance at childhood. Being removed from their homes and placed in foster care is a difficult and stressful experience for any child. In their role as foster parents, they can help these children heal and move on from the life that led them there.
Foster In Texas foster parents report that they receive a lot of satisfaction watching their foster children progress and succeed and find their work highly rewarding. Some foster parents even become interested in fostering to adopt should a child become available. And while financial reimbursement makes foster parenting viable for many, it is rarely a primary consideration.
"The Foster In Texas team is the most highly regarded in the state with a reputation for having the most knowledgeable, effective case workers," said Kurt Senske, CEO of Lutheran Social Services of the South. "Our program touches the lives of 900 children in foster care each day through our 14 offices in cities throughout Texas. We recruit the best families in the state and care for them by providing training, support and resources."
Clara Williams, a FIT foster parent from Austin, says, "I could go on and on about how well FIT takes care of the children and their foster parents. I try to recruit other foster parents to try to come on board with the best and most loving agency."
Potential Foster In Texas foster parents are screened through a series of interviews, background checks, training and home visits. Eligibility guidelines include:
- Must be 21 years of age or older
- May be single or married (if married, must be for a minimum of two years)
- May be retired or employed
- No history of abusing a child or an adult
- Must be emotionally and physically healthy
- No criminal history
A home screening/study and safety inspection is conducted before the first placement of a child. The entire verification process takes an average of three months.
For people who can provide a safe and loving home and want to make a difference in the life of a child, additional information about Foster In Texas and becoming a foster parent is available:
- By Phone
- 1-877-747-8110 (English)
- 1-844-348-1015 (Spanish)
About Lutheran Social Services of the South
Lutheran Social Services of the South is committed to ending multi-generation child abuse in Texas through innovative children's services, including foster care, adoption and residential treatment. LSS is a 501(c)(3) faith-based nonprofit organization that currently serves more than 32,000 individuals in need annually, including children, the elderly, the disadvantaged, and those affected by disasters in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.
The MACH 1 Group for Lutheran Social Services
The Software Defined Data Center (SDDC), which enables organizations to seamlessly run in a hybrid cloud model (public + private cloud), is here to stay. IDC estimates that the software-defined networking market will be valued at $3.7 billion by 2016. Security is a key component and benefit of the SDDC, and offers an opportunity to build security 'from the ground up' and weave it into the environment from day one. In his session at 16th Cloud Expo, Reuven Harrison, CTO and Co-Founder of Tufin,...
Jul. 31, 2015 03:00 PM EDT Reads: 491
There are many considerations when moving applications from on-premise to cloud. It is critical to understand the benefits and also challenges of this migration. A successful migration will result in lower Total Cost of Ownership, yet offer the same or higher level of robustness. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Michael Meiner, an Engineering Director at Oracle, Corporation, analyzed a range of cloud offerings (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) and discussed the benefits/challenges of migrating to each offe...
Jul. 31, 2015 02:30 PM EDT
SYS-CON Events announced today that MobiDev, a software development company, will exhibit at the 17th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place November 3–5, 2015, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MobiDev is a software development company with representative offices in Atlanta (US), Sheffield (UK) and Würzburg (Germany); and development centers in Ukraine. Since 2009 it has grown from a small group of passionate engineers and business managers to a full-scale mobi...
Jul. 31, 2015 02:30 PM EDT Reads: 271
Chuck Piluso presented a study of cloud adoption trends and the power and flexibility of IBM Power and Pureflex cloud solutions. Prior to Secure Infrastructure and Services, Mr. Piluso founded North American Telecommunication Corporation, a facilities-based Competitive Local Exchange Carrier licensed by the Public Service Commission in 10 states, serving as the company's chairman and president from 1997 to 2000. Between 1990 and 1997, Mr. Piluso served as chairman & founder of International Te...
Jul. 31, 2015 02:00 PM EDT Reads: 362
Mobile, social, Big Data, and cloud have fundamentally changed the way we live. “Anytime, anywhere” access to data and information is no longer a luxury; it’s a requirement, in both our personal and professional lives. For IT organizations, this means pressure has never been greater to deliver meaningful services to the business and customers.
Jul. 31, 2015 01:45 PM EDT
In their session at 17th Cloud Expo, Hal Schwartz, CEO of Secure Infrastructure & Services (SIAS), and Chuck Paolillo, CTO of Secure Infrastructure & Services (SIAS), provide a study of cloud adoption trends and the power and flexibility of IBM Power and Pureflex cloud solutions. In his role as CEO of Secure Infrastructure & Services (SIAS), Hal Schwartz provides leadership and direction for the company.
Jul. 31, 2015 11:45 AM EDT Reads: 126
In a recent research, analyst firm IDC found that the average cost of a critical application failure is $500,000 to $1 million per hour and the average total cost of unplanned application downtime is $1.25 billion to $2.5 billion per year for Fortune 1000 companies. In addition to the findings on the cost of the downtime, the research also highlighted best practices for development, testing, application support, infrastructure, and operations teams.
Jul. 31, 2015 11:45 AM EDT Reads: 117
Puppet Labs has announced the next major update to its flagship product: Puppet Enterprise 2015.2. This release includes new features providing DevOps teams with clarity, simplicity and additional management capabilities, including an all-new user interface, an interactive graph for visualizing infrastructure code, a new unified agent and broader infrastructure support.
Jul. 31, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Reads: 142
For IoT to grow as quickly as analyst firms’ project, a lot is going to fall on developers to quickly bring applications to market. But the lack of a standard development platform threatens to slow growth and make application development more time consuming and costly, much like we’ve seen in the mobile space. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Mike Weiner, Product Manager of the Omega DevCloud with KORE Telematics Inc., discussed the evolving requirements for developers as IoT matures and conducte...
Jul. 31, 2015 08:45 AM EDT Reads: 302
Container technology is sending shock waves through the world of cloud computing. Heralded as the 'next big thing,' containers provide software owners a consistent way to package their software and dependencies while infrastructure operators benefit from a standard way to deploy and run them. Containers present new challenges for tracking usage due to their dynamic nature. They can also be deployed to bare metal, virtual machines and various cloud platforms. How do software owners track the usag...
Jul. 31, 2015 08:00 AM EDT Reads: 159
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Red Hat's Chief Arch...
Jul. 30, 2015 07:30 PM EDT Reads: 1,401
Providing the needed data for application development and testing is a huge headache for most organizations. The problems are often the same across companies - speed, quality, cost, and control. Provisioning data can take days or weeks, every time a refresh is required. Using dummy data leads to quality problems. Creating physical copies of large data sets and sending them to distributed teams of developers eats up expensive storage and bandwidth resources. And, all of these copies proliferating...
Jul. 30, 2015 06:30 PM EDT Reads: 892
Malicious agents are moving faster than the speed of business. Even more worrisome, most companies are relying on legacy approaches to security that are no longer capable of meeting current threats. In the modern cloud, threat diversity is rapidly expanding, necessitating more sophisticated security protocols than those used in the past or in desktop environments. Yet companies are falling for cloud security myths that were truths at one time but have evolved out of existence.
Jul. 30, 2015 06:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,804
Digital Transformation is the ultimate goal of cloud computing and related initiatives. The phrase is certainly not a precise one, and as subject to hand-waving and distortion as any high-falutin' terminology in the world of information technology. Yet it is an excellent choice of words to describe what enterprise IT—and by extension, organizations in general—should be working to achieve. Digital Transformation means: handling all the data types being found and created in the organizat...
Jul. 30, 2015 05:00 PM EDT Reads: 1,090
Public Cloud IaaS started its life in the developer and startup communities and has grown rapidly to a $20B+ industry, but it still pales in comparison to how much is spent worldwide on IT: $3.6 trillion. In fact, there are 8.6 million data centers worldwide, the reality is many small and medium sized business have server closets and colocation footprints filled with servers and storage gear. While on-premise environment virtualization may have peaked at 75%, the Public Cloud has lagged in adop...
Jul. 30, 2015 04:00 PM EDT Reads: 2,206