Grace Manor

Grace Manor Grace Manor is a licensed foster care provider and adoption agency in Center, Tyler, and Conroe, Texas. We believe that every child deserves a loving home.

Grace Manor is a licensed foster care provider and adoption agency in Center, Texas. We believe that every child deserves a loving home.

Attention Nacogdoches / Lufkin / Center families!We are hosting a Back to School Bash on August 3. At this event, we wil...
07/05/2019

Attention Nacogdoches / Lufkin / Center families!

We are hosting a Back to School Bash on August 3. At this event, we will be providing school supplies to foster children in the Nacogdoches, Lufkin and Center areas. Community contribution is needed to help make this event a success!

Donated school supplies can be dropped off at the following locations:
-Grace Manor (2717 Westward Dr. in Nacogdoches / 109 Carroll St. in Center)
-North St. Church of Christ (3914 North St. in Nacogdoches)
-HexPit Nac (1122 N University Dr. in Nacogdoches)

You can also make a monetary donation (via PayPal) by visiting https://www.gracemanor.org/ and clicking the "donate" button at the bottom of the home page. **Please specify "for Nac school supply drive" in the notes.

Fostering Without Fear
07/05/2019

Fostering Without Fear

Always.

07/02/2019

Grace Manor wants to give a BIG thank you to Beds & Bibles -Anderson County! They donated three beds for one of our foster families in need last week. We appreciate you so much 💙

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07/02/2019

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& to you my friend, thank you for reminding us the importance of what we do. #ThisIsFosterCare

There are over 25,000 children in Texas RIGHT NOW, who need a stable and loving home. All of the visual learners out the...
07/02/2019

There are over 25,000 children in Texas RIGHT NOW, who need a stable and loving home. All of the visual learners out there, this one's for you! Provide a home to a child in need, in just 5 simple steps ;) Contact us today at gracemanor.org or through our page and we can set you up with Step 1!

#fosterlove #takethatstep #chooselove

A great way to visualize the steps in this process, created by a group out in West Texas providing much needed emergency...
07/02/2019

A great way to visualize the steps in this process, created by a group out in West Texas providing much needed emergency care for these children 💙 #fosterlove #permanence

The main objective for every child is to reach ‘permanency’! Whether that is back with family, another family member, or adoption, CPS wants children to experience stability, first and foremost.

Every case starts with a goal of “Family Reunification”, but depending on how the next 12 months play out determine where the children will ultimately find permanency.

Every child and family is nuanced with different situations, so every path to permanency may look slightly different, but this graphic gives the typical flow.

You’ll see the FRM logo in the lower left! That illustrates (part of!) where we fit into the puzzle.

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06/26/2019

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I had a sweet friend from college ask me today, “How do you handle losing them!?” And this was my response. Although you may risk losing them, what you would lose in not getting to love them is the greater risk. Don’t let fear get in the way of getting the chance to love and be loved by them. Every day you delay is another day they go without you. Say yes sooner. Risk it all. It hurts. It sucks. But it’s worth it. It’s easier said then done, yes. But you’re missing out. And so are they.

Sometimes you say “yes” knowing it’s only for a little while. And no matter how many days you’re given, each one is a day more that you would have had if you said “no!”. Take each day as a gift.

#fosteringwithoutfear #foster #adopt #adoption #fosterparents

06/26/2019
Foster Home Recruiter - Conroe, TX - Indeed.com

We are hiring! Please apply through the link below if you are interested in joining Grace Manor’s team! The position is based in Conroe, but will serve the Huntsville area as well!

NOTE: These requirements represent minimum levels in order to perform the job on a satisfactory basis. Candidates must have the ability to satisfactorily perform the above responsibilities/tasks of the job.

Real Life Foster Mom
06/24/2019

Real Life Foster Mom

When people assume I can do this & not get ‘too attached’, they are wrong. But my answer to them is always the same—what’s worse? My heart breaking because I am ‘too attached’ to a child that may leave, or no one ever getting ‘too attached’ to that child? #FosterCare #GetAttached

Tyler area foster/adoptive moms: This is a great support group for you to be a part of!
06/24/2019

Tyler area foster/adoptive moms: This is a great support group for you to be a part of!

💕Happy adoption day to the Barkley family💕
06/21/2019

💕Happy adoption day to the Barkley family💕

The Fostering Collective is a great resource for our Northeast Texas families. Check out their site for some helpful inf...
06/21/2019
The Fostering Collective

The Fostering Collective is a great resource for our Northeast Texas families. Check out their site for some helpful info!

Did you know that we have a list of the top 21 questions about foster care and adoption on our website? Check them out and maybe answer a few of your questions.
https://thefosteringcollective.org/faq/

Could you consider fostering a teenager? 💙
06/20/2019

Could you consider fostering a teenager? 💙

It’s been six months since we’ve been doing something so uncomfortably outside of the original plan. In the grand scheme of things, we know six months isn’t that long, but it feels like a lifetime.

Honestly, we weren’t even ready to do it—to parent a teenager. At least, not until we were older or until there were no little kids at home; maybe not until we had more parenting under our belts & definitely not until it was a part of our plan.

Not until...until...until...we met her.

We found out that teenagers in care desire to belong in a family, even one that’s not so conventional. We saw that she was smart, kind & creative; & we have conversations that I could never have with my little ones. Oh, & I haven’t had to change a single diaper. Don’t get me wrong, It certainly hasn’t been easy, there are no rainbows & unicorns here—but it has been the biggest adventure that I am grateful to be on.

We may not have been there for the first 16 years of her life. We don’t know her birth story or the funny things she did as a toddler—but I’ve come to realize that’s ok. I didn’t have to be part of the beginning of her story to be written in to the rest of it. I didn’t have to be old enough or prepared enough & I didn’t have to know what I was doing to say yes; but I did have to be willing to learn & committed to journey alongside of her, even when things get harder than I could imagine.

There are 100,000 children in the U.S. foster care system awaiting adoption. They all have names & a past. Some of them are older kids that could easily age out, just like her. But they are more than a number in the system, more than 1 in 100,000—& she is more. She is my daughter & I get to be her mom. #ThisIsFosterCare

How fun!!
06/19/2019

How fun!!

I am SO excited! 🎉🌈🤩 As of today, if you are a foster parent and have a child in your care between the ages of 3 and 8, you qualify for a free craft kit—whether you live in Oregon, New York, or anywhere in between! 🙌🏻 We’ll even pay for shipping.
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I've been wanting to serve foster families across the country for a long time now, and we're finally able to do it thanks to the money we've earned from your subscription purchases and support at our events. These kits will be full-size (12x9x2”) 📦💥 and loaded with crafts that help kids express themselves and connect with the families they’re placed with.
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Finally, we can reach beyond the borders of Oregon to truly help make the world a happier, craftier place. 🌎🎨👊🏻 If you know a deserving family, point them our way. You can find all the info and submit a request for a kit at craftandboogie.com/request. 💫

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06/19/2019
National Foster Parent Association

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Thank you for doing what you're doing. You are loving in some of the hardest and deepest and most complicated places. Places most men go to great lengths to avoid. Yet you, with arms open and hearts broken, have courageously stepped towards them for the sake of others. That is so counterintuitive, remarkable and beautiful.

Fostering Without Fear
06/17/2019

Fostering Without Fear

When people say, “I could never do foster care” I am reminded that I can’t either. But God’s greatness fills in those gaps of my humanity, and I am ABLE! What are you missing out on because you don’t trust God’s greatness to make up where you fall short? Say yes to that teen you are on the fence about. Reach out to the bio mom you are afraid of. Turn in your paperwork to get started. Talk to your spouse about your heart to foster. Do something.

06/12/2019
Real Life Foster Mom

#reallife 💙

My foster mama friends brought coffee & teal hair extensions over & we chatted about what being a foster mom is really like. #FosterCare

The Orphan Care Network
06/11/2019
The Orphan Care Network

The Orphan Care Network

Hey Foster and Adoptive Families! Busy this Friday? What about next Friday? Join The Orphan Care Network at Church Project for a FREE Foster and Adoptive Parents' Night Out on June 14th and 21st. As always, to keep the kids in manageable numbers, pick the night that works best for you, just not both!

https://www.orphancarenetwork.org/pno

Want to support more events like this?

www.orphancarenetwork.org/give

Rain or shine, all children deserve to be loved 💙
06/07/2019

Rain or shine, all children deserve to be loved 💙

Project 1.27
06/07/2019
Project 1.27

Project 1.27

"It’s arguably the single biggest barrier that keeps people from fostering - the fear of “getting too attached”. It’s an inherent tension in this entirely awkward and broken and beautiful foster care arrangement that never fully goes away - you just kind of learn how to embrace it, live in it and love through it…despite the inevitable."

Beaumont Rainbow Room
06/01/2019

Beaumont Rainbow Room

Our Beaumont Community Partners Board members enjoyed hosting a wonderful 'Graduation Celebration' for a new local graduate in our CPS system... This young lady is so precious & was so appreciative of all her gifts, the good food & warm fellowship. We were so pleased to host this special event in her honor - helping to make her future much brighter!

This is such a great support to our foster families! Can’t foster? Join in the next class and become a certified babys...
05/31/2019

This is such a great support to our foster families! Can’t foster? Join in the next class and become a certified babysitter! #fosterlove 💙

65 people committed to becoming certified babysitters for foster families last night. Please pray for them as they finish up the process and begin connecting with families. 50% of foster families quit after the first year because of lack of support. Thank you church for answering the call last night and taking that next step.

Excited about the new opportunities coming to Huntsville! TOCN is a great support to the foster care community 💙
05/30/2019

Excited about the new opportunities coming to Huntsville! TOCN is a great support to the foster care community 💙

Huntsville! We are heading your way! About to announce some dates, locations, events! Interested in staying up to date, volunteering, supporting TOCN in Huntsville? Fill out the form at the site below so we can stay in touch!

https://www.orphancarenetwork.org/huntsville

Find your place! 💙
05/29/2019

Find your place! 💙

Want to get involved caring for kids in foster care, but can't open your home? We have ways to get involved!

Volunteer with The Orphan Care Network! Join us for a Foster and Adoptive Parents' Night Out, help start one at your church or find a family to partner with:

www.orphancarenetwork.org/volunteer

Can't volunteer? Support TOCN financially! Your gifts allow us to do more in service of families who care for children in need.

www.orphancarenetwork.org/give

Something else on your mind? Shoot us a direct message, we'd love to chat!

Project 1.27
05/29/2019
Project 1.27

Project 1.27

"On July 26, 2017, Truffles*, 14 and his sister, Cheesecake*, 13 were welcomed into the Humenansky family. (After almost a year with the family, Truffles and Cheescake asked if they could share why more people should consider fostering teens and sibling sets as well as offer some advice on connecting with teens. Their foster mom, Rebecca, also shares some useful advice!"

Meet Christina Whitehead-"My name is Christina Whitehead and I have a daughter Destini Whitehead and a son Courtney Whit...
05/29/2019

Meet Christina Whitehead-

"My name is Christina Whitehead and I have a daughter Destini Whitehead and a son Courtney Whitehead. I have raised my children to always be respectful and honest as my parents taught me and most importantly to keep God first above all. These qualities will get you far in life. I am proud to say that I am a loyal high school teacher with a Bachelors of Science Degree and a teacher certification in Business Education 6-12. I am also a girl’s basketball and track coach. My daughter is currently a freshman attending Panola Junior College on a basketball scholarship and she plans to major in nursing. My son is now a varsity boys coach at Midlothian High School and holds a Bachelors Degree in Health Science (University of Central Arkansas) and a Masters Degree in Sports Administration (Henderson State University). My son received a football scholarship in which he played throughout his college years to receive free college. I say this to say that I am PROUD of my children and their accomplishments. What I hope that one will get from this is with structure and a good foundation; I have given my children a chance to be successful. Because it was expected of them to be all that they can be, they have been so victorious!!! I went into fostering after working for the agency and seeing children suffer because of the irresponsibility, negligence and lack of parenting. I know I can’t save them all but if I can save one, and you can save one and it continues to role from person to person helping when we can, we can make a difference in a child’s life!!! The children are our future; let’s love them as Christ loves us!"

Happy adoption day! We love supporting our kinship families in providing permanent homes to their relatives 💙
05/28/2019

Happy adoption day! We love supporting our kinship families in providing permanent homes to their relatives 💙

❤ Meet Sonya Neal ❤ Ms. Sonya has been with Grace Manor since 2006! We asked her why she decided foster in the begin...
05/27/2019

❤ Meet Sonya Neal ❤
Ms. Sonya has been with Grace Manor since 2006! We asked her why she decided foster in the beginning? She stated, "God has blessed me, therefore, I wanted to bless others." Ms. Sonya told us the children are the reason she keeps fostering. She says each child that comes into her home brings a different story and she learns something from every child she crosses paths with. Ms. Sonya takes in teenagers and does an amazing job with them. We appreciate you and all of your time you put in with the children in your home.

Meet the Ammons 💗 They are love, they are family in its truest form, and we are so happy they are part of Grace Manor...
05/25/2019

Meet the Ammons 💗

They are love, they are family in its truest form, and we are so happy they are part of Grace Manor.

“Jimmy and I met about 10 years ago. We were both at a crossroads in our lives - that critical point when everything that is important starts to shift from the party life to something more meaningful. I remember that one of the first things we ever deeply connected on was the fact that we both wanted to adopt children from foster care at some point. We dated for a year when Jimmy decided to propose and then a few months before our wedding we started talking about when we would start a family. I wanted at least 1 biological child. I wanted the experience of birthing and breastfeeding a person so badly. It was like the longing was another person who lived inside of my skin. We were also still planning to foster/adopt. It seemed that the logical thing was that we should begin trying to get pregnant now so that we could get past the “having a baby” part and on to fostering. I got pregnant the first time that we did not use protection...3 months before our wedding...I remember I took the test alone and was so overjoyed that I was consumed with sobs on the stairs and my roommates came running out because they thought someone must have died. My birthday was a few weeks later and I was planning a big dinner. I alway went over the top celebrating my birth day. It was always my favorite day of the year, but not that year. I woke up that morning and I was bleeding. I panicked. I went to the doctor and he said that the baby was ok but he wanted to do blood work over the next several days just to be sure and instructed me to take it easy. My best friend was in town so we went home and just relaxed and the bleeding pretty much went away so later that night I decided to proceed with the birthday celebration. I forgot all about the bleeding and went to dinner and had fun. Towards the end of the dinner I went to the bathroom and discovered that I was bleeding again really badly. That was my first of 7 miscarriages over the next 5 years and the last time I ever enjoyed my birthday. I was consumed with grief and obsessed with getting pregnant. Jimmy even got a part time job at Starbucks and we used the awesome insurance that comes with the job to be able to try IVF twice. The further I spiraled in the grief (the IVF hormones didn’t help) the further we were from what the plan had originally been for us. For a while we didn’t even talk about adopting anymore. During this time we met a friend of ours, Lauren, who works for Grace Manor. We would see her at another friend’s house every once in a while and she also became a client of mine when I was still doing hair. Slowly I started asking her questions and as the pain of infertility began to fade, the fire for foster/adoption reignited. Shortly after the last miscarriage Jimmy and I decided to sit down with Lauren and ask her some questions. We had a lot of doubts, mostly about wether we were qualified in any way or could realistically jump through all of the hoops involved. It was also really important to us to find an agency that was inclusive to all families and didn’t discriminate based on lifestyle or religious affiliation, or in our case lack thereof. We left the meeting feeling energized and excited. All of the things we were afraid would disqualify us were non-issues and we loved the philosophies of Grace Manor. We immediately began training and preparing our home. In November of 2017 we finally got word that we were certified! We did not chose a specific age range, we were open to all. I wanted a baby, but we both know that we have a lot to offer to older kids too. Within a few weeks we had our first placement, siblings 10, 8 and 2. It was surreal. We were so excited and in retrospect probably overwhelmed those poor kids with attention and shopping and running around. I remember the feeling of going into a store with all of them and trying to get into the people around me’s brains and see if they were labeling me correctly as “mom” as they looked at us. I now know what the expression “parading around” means...the third day we had them I was at a meeting when I got a call from their caseworker saying that they had a relative that was going to take them and just like that, they were gone before I could even get home to say goodbye. It felt like another miscarriage. I was devastated. I did’t have long to wallow in it though because just several days later we got the call that changed our lives forever. It was 3:00 on Thursday 12/21/17. There were 2 little girls who were in foster care and their foster mom had a medical emergency and needed brain surgery the next day. They asked if I could meet them at 7:00 that evening in Huntsville. I became a mother in the walmart parking lot in Huntsville, Tx a few days before Christmas. Juniper was 21 months old and Lilia was 14 weeks old and they were half sisters. The next chunk of time was a blur. Lia had the flu when we got her and for what seemed like months couldn’t breathe, especially at night. Meanwhile Juju was a toddler who was into everything and talking a mile a minute and wanting to potty train. On Christmas Eve I had to leave Juju at home with Jimmy and take Lia to the ER for a high fever and I sat in the packed waiting room sobbing for all of the 5 hour wait. Lia was so high maintenance that it took me a long time to really bond with Juju in a real way. As brand new parents we didn’t jump into the deep end...we jumped into the ocean...like the Bermuda Triangle...during a hurricane. It was hard. It still is. We constantly have to remind ourselves and each other that we did this the hard way and to cut ourselves some slack. As hard as it is though, it is so wonderful and easy too. Once we got the hang of having 2 really little kids, the time just started to fly by. We do a lot of dancing in this house and a whole lot of laughing. The girls are hilarious. For the first 6 months or maybe less we had weekly visits with the bio mom. It was so important to Jimmy and I that we were compassionate to the families. We really did want to live in a world where we were a caring couple that helped a biological family to re-unite. We wanted to take care of her children like they were our own until she could. One of my least favorite things about foster care was that it robbed me of some of my optimism. For a while it seemed like she really was trying so hard but her hurdles were high and eventually she decided that they were too high and started faltering. We went from rooting for her to wanting to protect the girls from her as much as we possibly could. Eventually the visits stopped and finally she voluntarily relinquished her rights to the girls. Words can never describe how deeply happy and sad I was at the same time. Relieved and happy for us, we were so in love with these girls and they were “ours” in our hearts already. Devastated and sorry for her and for the girls who would have a missing piece to their puzzle for the rest of their lives. I think of their mother often and hope that she knows that I really did want her to succeed. Not long after she signed over her rights, both girls fathers followed suit. Amidst all of the heartbreaking court dates and hearings, we were just spending our time becoming a family. We took the girls to Colorado and Florida to meet family when they were still foster kids and have operated like a forever family from day one. We spent the summer swimming and hanging out with family and friends. The girls were separate until right before they came to us so helping them to strengthen their bond has been the biggest joy of the whole thing. I remind them often that they are the most important people that they have in the world. They love each other so much, Juju always tells Lia, “you my best!” Seeing my husband parent and parenting along side him has made me fall in love with him all over again in a different and deeper way than ever before. I can’t imagine our family being different in any way. All the ups and downs led us to these girls at just the right time and I’m so grateful to be theirs.”

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109 Carroll
Center, TX
75935

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At Grace Manor of Center, Texas, we are a highly acclaimed foster care and adoption agency with more than 10 years of experience. We recruit and train foster and adoptive families so they can care for children who have been removed from their biological homes. We accept children from infants up to age 22. At our adoption agency, we are dedicated to giving every child the best chance at a successful future.

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