Serving the Needs of Children is Top Priority

Cover11By: Darwin Campbell,

African-American News&Issues

“A life-long blessing for children is to fill them with warm memories of times together. Happy memories become treasures in the heart to pull out on the tough days of adulthood.”

HOUSTON- Dr. Candice Enecio-Hinton is the CEO/Executive Director for Children of Diversity Foster Adoption Agency in Houston, Texas.

In this role she designs, develop and implement strategic plans for the Children of Diversity Foster Adoption Agency organization.

“I saw a need,” Enecio said. “As a former educator and foster parent, I wanted to provide a large range of permanent, stable, nurturing home environments for abused and neglected children the right way!”

A native of Houston, Texas, Dr. Enecio-Hinton earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Temple University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University Of Southern California (USC). Her doctoral research focused on “Education in Poverty Stricken Neighborhoods”.

Enecio-Hinton is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organization, including managing committees and staff and developing business plans in collaboration with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, International Adoptions Organization and her board of directors for the future of the organization expansion. In addition to helping kids overcome crisis by cultivating resilience within them through providing therapeutic licensed foster homes for children in the foster care system in the Region VI areas in Texas.

It began in December 2010 and was born out a need to serve those underserved children and currently has its offices located at 13700 Veterans Memorial Suite 100 in Houston.

According to Enecio-Hinton, Children of Diversity works to provide a stable, nurturing, and supportive family environment for every child in order to reach their full potential in an ever changing global society.

The agency, (COD), is involved in placing children and is an agency that provides support services to foster-adopt families and children before, during, and after foster or adoptive placement.

COD’s program goals are to: provide effective accountability with on-going training of foster parents and support staff; and ensure compliance with DFPS’ minimum standards and regulations.

A breakdown of Services Provided

COD provides the following foster care and adoption services to its clients:

 For Children:

Family Living Environment

Medical, Dental, and Vision Services

Medication Services

Educational/Vocational Services

Recreational Activities

Information Sharing (when applicable)

Service Planning

Counseling

Home Visits /Supervision

Preparation for Adult Living

Record Maintenance

 For Foster-Adopt Families:

Foster-Adopt Family Recruitment

Foster-Adopt Family Training

Home Studies

Legal Assistance

Counseling Services

Home Visits / Supervision

Record Maintenance

Respite Services

Support Groups

She attributes the success of her business to the fact that Children of Diversity has successfully discharged over 80% of children in care back to relatives/adoptive placements.

The key to success has been a combination of things,” Enecio-Hinton said. “Some of them include having excellent staff, an active board of directors, innovative strategies/benchmarks, on-going trainings effective for staff and foster-adoptive parents, working in partnership with community leaders and projects”

Enecio-Hinton said her goal is to take the Children of Diversity (COD) plan on continuing Foster-Adoptive Services across the U.S. and abroad within the next 10 years.

For more information about Children of Diversity Foster Adoption Agency contact Candice at 281-866-0851.

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