Bridging Families

Melissa Cantu Trevino
Alice Echo News Journal

This week's Bridging Families feature is on 16-year-old Nicholas.

Nicholas is a happy and loving 16 year old youth, who loves to be outdoors and really enjoys swimming. When it comes to a menu, Nicholas enjoys all types of foods, but given a choice, he would rather have Hot Cheetos and chocolates as his first and second choices.  

16-year-old Nicholas looks to join a loving family.

One of Nicholas favorite things to do is spend time outside going on outings, as he likes to see the various scenery on his travels. And when it comes to television and animals, Nicholas can watch animal planet all day if given the opportunity.  

Nicholas is currently learning sign language and is able to communicate through the use of his tablet.

But most importantly Nicholas is seeking a loving future family, who will be able to care for him long term and understand his needs.

If you think you could the forever family for Nicolas, or for another Texas child, log onto the web at or call 1-800-233-3405 for more information on foster care & adoption in Texas. 

Basic Requirements

The prospective foster/adoptive parents may be single or married and must:

•       be at least 21 years of age, financially stable, and responsible mature adults,

•       complete an application (staff will assist you, if you prefer),

•       share information regarding their background and lifestyle,

•       provide relative and non-relative references,

•       show proof of marriage and/or divorce (if applicable),

•       agree to a home study which includes visits with all household members,

•       allow staff to complete a criminal history background check and an abuse/neglect check on all adults in the household, and

•       attend free training to learn about issues of abused and neglected children.