“Children and Family Institute (CFI) believes every child should grow up in a safe and stable home surrounded with unconditional love and support. Our mission is to build, strengthen and restore families. CFI has three programs to reach our goals. With our Pathways to Parenting Program and Fatherhood Institute Program we strive to prevent parenting trauma and stress, restore when parenting challenges are faced by our expecting parents and our current parents, and strengthen our parents with knowledge to be the best mother or father one can be. Our Adoption Program goal is to find permanent adoptive homes that will provide children with a successful, promising future. Our agency provides Adoption-Only services, specializing in placing minority children, school-aged children, and sibling groups. CFI assists families seeking private infant and state adoptive placement, with a concentration in the care of assisting Kinship adoptive parents.”
OUR VISIONARY: ROSE JONES
A HEART TO SERVE
FROM THE BEGINNING
While attending college, Rose began her career in adoption as a volunteer house parent for emotionally disturbed and at-risk teenage girls. Later, she successfully earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington. Shortly thereafter, she became employed with Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) where she provided adoption and foster care services for 7 years. Although Rose enjoyed her position there, she had a deeper desire to accomplish more in the area of adoption. After learning firsthand the desperate need for homes for Children of Color, school-aged children, and sibling groups of all races, God put it on her heart to establish an agency that would make the adoption process less intimidating to potential families and that specialized in placing hard-to-place children. With the help of family and friends, she started CFI.
CFI IS FOUNDED
Children and Family Institute (CFI) was founded by Rose Nesbitt Jones in an endeavor to locate forever homes for hard-to-place children. Because she knew that “families sometime encounter life crises that require support to sustain the family unit,” Ms. Jones recognized that there was an urgent need to place neglected children in stable and loving homes.
In 2008, they expanded their programs to include more support services to mothers and fathers. Specifically, CFI provides parenting classes at no cost to clients. The parenting classes are executed under the “Pathways to Parenting” program. These services include mentoring, child birth classes, support groups, career planning, financial education, life skills training, adoption education, and community resource referrals.
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Community Relations Director