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ABOUT CFI

Children and Family Institute believes every child should grow up in a safe and stable home surrounded with unconditional love and support. Our 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 school-aged children and sibling groups. 

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.

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OUR START

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1993

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.

2008

CFI EXPANSION

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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MEET THE TEAM

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Cynthia Cavazos

Program Director

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Shirley Dixon

P2P Program Coordinator

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Tracy Williams

Program Director

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Katie LeWallen

Adoption Case Manager

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Johnny Cook

Fatherhood Counselor

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Kesha Perry

Adoption Case Manager

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Margarette Alavarado

Adoption Case Manager