Back to Basics: What is Tapestry?

By: - January 11, 2021

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Tapestry began 15 years ago as a ministry of Irving Bible Church in Irving, Texas. The first of its kind, seeking to support foster and adoptive families in the local church and community. What started as a small support group for families on the same parenting journey, became a place of teaching a new set of parenting skills, equipping churches to walk alongside those in their own community, and a place where organizations work together to bring healing to families.

Throughout the last fifteen years Tapestry has grown and changed, launching into a non-profit ministry in 2018, serving hundreds of families in the DFW area and across the world. At Tapestry, our vision is a healing home for every child. Tapestry assists and supports families who are providing these healing homes in these four ways:

1. Support & Encouragement: Foster, adoptive, and kinship families are doing important and difficult work. It’s vital that they find ways to stay connected with other families who are on the same journey. We offer the following support groups:

  • Connected Moms (currently virtual) – A monthly support group for foster, adoptive, kinship, and waiting moms. Click here to register for our January 12th meeting from 7-9 PM.
  • Community Gatherings: Monthly support groups at multiple locations (currently offered virtually) for families at any stage of adoption or foster care. Click here to register for our January 26th meeting from 7-9 PM.

If you are interested in starting a Community Gathering, please email [email protected].

2. Parent Equipping: Children who have experienced trauma have unique needs, and so parents need a unique set of parenting tools in order to help bring healing to the children in their home.

  • Annual Tapestry Conference: We bring in the best speakers from across the country to provide training for parents & professionals each fall.
  • Parenting Resources: We connect you with the best parenting resources (such as books, podcasts, and videos).

Some parenting resources for you:

3. Crisis Intervention: Many families wait too long to ask for help. They feel ashamed and alone. They feel like parenting failures. Tapestry strives to provide equipping & support before crisis strikes, but when it does, we are ready to help. You can reach out at [email protected] if your family is in crisis and would like to speak with someone. We help families make a plan that can include:

  • Connection to a mentor family
  • An experienced parent coach
  • A mental health professional to help the child process the trauma and the parent learn to parent in a way that builds trust and brings healing
  • Subsidizing costs for families in need

4. Strategic Partnerships: There are many organizations and churches doing amazing work to help adoptive and foster families. Tapestry values collaboration and partnerships with likeminded organizations. We work with churches, nonprofits, and other organizations to bring the best resources, training, and support to the families we serve. Some ways we do collaborate are:

  • Hosting a trauma-informed babysitter training in conjunction with local agencies.
  • Offering family fun events to support and love local foster and adoptive families.
  • Providing care packages and Christmas presents to local foster and adoptive families in need.

If you are a church or organization that would like to work with Tapestry, please email us at [email protected].

At Tapestry, we are passionate about supporting and equipping those who are caring for vulnerable children. We are excited to continue our mission in 2021 by continuing to support and encourage families, equip and train parents, provide crisis intervention, and partner with organizations and churches to bring resources, training, and support to the families we serve.

If you have been impacted by Tapestry, consider making a donation or leaving a review on Google so that we can reach even more families!

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