Q&A with the MCH Tyler Outreach Office

Cassie with Traci Wagner, Tyler outreach directorThe Methodist Children’s Home Community Services program has 11 outreach offices serving children and their families throughout Texas and New Mexico. MCH believes it is vital to keep these families connected while in our care.

On any given day, foster parents are dressing children up for a family visit. We were in the Tyler outreach office recently and shared in the experience.

Traci Wagner, director of the Tyler outreach office, explained why this visit is so important. Wagner is pictured left with Cassie, an MCH youth.

“Weekly visits, outings, and celebrating special occasions for these children helps maintain the bond to their parents and preserve their sense of self and belonging. It also helps parents stay connected and promotes responsibility for their children, even if they cannot be with them on a daily basis,” Wagner said. “Some of our children are unable to visit their parents for a variety of reasons. In those cases, we try to maintain connections by letters, pictures, and phone contact. Our greatest hope is that children reunite with their families. It is important that these relationships stay intact and strengthen so that the transition back to home is a success.”

Cassie is a sixth grader and shared the following with us.

“Being in foster care has provided me a better environment and given me more opportunities. My foster parents support and encourage me. I am doing well in school; I play the clarinet in the band and have great friends. I have appreciated being able to stay connected to my siblings while being in my foster home.”

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