Org to Partner With: Arrow Child & Family Ministries

By Debi Tengler, March 17, 2016

Debi Tengler Arrow MinistriesMore than 400,000 children live in foster care in America, and they move homes an average of 14 times in their lifetime, according to national statistics. The odds of them succeeding in a new home narrows each time they move, and the traumatic impact on these children, whose average age is 8, is exacerbated with each new home.

Arrow Child & Family Ministries is called to make a difference for kids and families. As an organization, we believe we need to find the right home for kids before we place them. We have a 94 percent stability rate in placements, and the average number of moves for a child at Arrow is only two. Arrow far exceeds national standards in safety and stability, crucial measures in the overall wellness of foster children.

My heart is especially called for what we do at Arrow. In my childhood, I could have been classified as at-risk as I moved 12 times by high school graduation. Thankfully people stepped in and helped my family when we needed it most. I knew it was my duty to give back, but I never could have planned what God had in store. My career began in business and led me to become an event planner, coordinating everything from corporate picnics for 50 to events at Houston’s Astrodome for 15,000. An event planner is essentially a project manager, and I drew on those skills to assist with overseeing various departments when I transitioned to Arrow.

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