Bridging Families

Melissa Cantu Trevino
Alice Echo News Journal

The holidays are a time to celebrate with family and friends. A time to make new memories with loved ones, but for thousands of foster children in Texas there is no family to celebrate with.

Foster children like 13-year-old Destiny, are looking for a family to make memories with. They want to make lifetime memories with a loving family.

Destiny is a sweet loving child who enjoys spending time with others. However, she can be a little shy at first, but as she gets to know you she opens up and shares her big smile.

Destiny, 13,  looking for her forever family to build lasting memories.

Destiny is creative, and can often be found working on arts and crafts while listening to music. She also likes to express herself by writing, singing and would like to enroll in gymnastics. Not unlike many children her age, she is also fan of keeping in touch with her friends via social media.

Destiny is seeking to be a part of a family who will guide her to reaching her full potential in all aspects of life. In addition to parents who have a lot of energy, as she likes to stay active, in organized extracurricular activities, such as sports, scouts or crafting groups. Of course, love is at the top of Destiny's list when looking for a forever family. As a wish, a family with a pet dog, as she has a love for animals.  

If you think you could be a forever family for Destiny or another Texas child, please contact the department at 1-800-233-3405, for more information about adoption or visit

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.