Where do they receive the guidance and care they need to succeed in school?
Who provides the nurturing environment they need to feel safe and thrive?
Who do they turn to when they have no one else?
Across the State of Texas, thousands of dedicated individuals and couples have committed to providing a safe, nurturing environment for these children and youth until a positive, permanent outcome can be achieved.
Unfortunately, there are not enough families and homes for the tens of thousands of children living outside their biological home due to removal by Child Protective Services.
Many children are 'in care' for a temporary time and return home when conditions are safe for them again. During that time they need a nurturing environment where they can learn how to handle their feelings in an appropriate way, develop good relationships, succeed in school and become responsible members of a family.
For other children, returning home is not possible and other permanency goals are identified such as adoption or relative care. Around 800 per year 'age out' of the system on their eighteenth birthday with few adults committed to their support and success.
Before a child can be placed, the State of Texas requires certain steps to license your home. The process can take 30-90 days depending on several factors. The steps include:
You can arrange a private consultation or attend a regularly scheduled orientation. You will meet child welfare professionals, learn more about the children, the process and have an opportunity to ask all the questions you wish. If you decide to move forward, the next step is to complete an initial application.
All primary caregivers in the home will be scheduled to attend pre-service training which is designed to equip you with the necessary information, tools and techniques to help you serve the children in care. Families are also required to attend CPR and First-Aid training. Finally, there are some documents to be obtained for various background checks.
Your home environment will be inspected to pass basic fire and health standards. We will also visit your home and your family to conduct home study interviews. These interviews helps us build your 'family resume' which serves as a guide for matching you with the right child(ren).
Together we will decide how many children and what ages, race and behaviors you feel you can successfully accept into your family. Once all of the requirements are met, you become approved to receive children into your home.
When you are ready to receive placement of a child, we will call you to share their history, needs, and determine whether it is an appropriate match. You are under no obligation to take a child you do not believe is right for your home.
Absolutely. There is even a state program you might qualify for to assist with daycare. However, foster parents might have to incur the cost of the daycare until the state funds are approved.
All of our children come from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services/Child Protective Services. All of these children have been removed from their biological home by the state due to physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect.
If you are adopting, you can specify the age, race, and sex of the children you prefer. If you are chosen as a prospective family for that child, you will have the opportunity to review the child's history prior to moving forward. You do not have to accept a child you do not believe is the right match for you and/or your family.
If you are fostering, you can specify the same criteria (number of children, ages, sex, and ethnicity) of the children you wish to foster. However, fostering children should not be considered "shopping for children." These children need safe and loving homes.
Yes. Foster parents receive a set monthly reimbursement rate based on the child's needs. These funds are to assist in the costs related to care for each child, including such things as food, clothing, transportation, recreation, and supervision. In addition, each foster child is covered by Star Health (Medicaid) for medical, dental, and therapy.
At Texas Foster Care and Adoption Services, our reimbursement rates run from $704.00/month - $1,668.00/month per child (depending on their needs).
Texas Foster Care and Adoption Services provides ongoing training for foster parents, special events for our families, a minimum of monthly visits by our Case Managers, and 24/7 crisis support. In addition, we will help you find physicians, dentists and therapists for the children placed in your home.
On average, it takes 2-3 months to become fully licensed. You must attend PRIDE training, complete all your paperwork, and participate in a home study before you can be licensed.
Length of stay varies on a lot of different factors. Some foster children stay only a few days. Others are, ultimately, freed up for adoption and raised by their foster parents. However, on average, foster children will remain in your home 9 months to one year.
Yes. There are many opportunities to volunteer and donations to the agency are always welcome. Please contact either office for further information.
Adopting children through CPS is often FREE! In some case (such as adopting an older child or a sibling group of two or more), you might even receive a monthly subsidy until the children turn 18 years of age.
Texas Foster Kids is an initiative sponsored by Texas Foster Care and Adoption Services (www.texasfostercare.org) , a Texas 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Agency to recruit, train, license and support Foster Families in Texas.
Because foster children can have emotional, behavioral, educational and developmental problems, high-quality caregivers are essential to the success of the program. We provide our foster parents with the necessary tools for successful foster parenting. Successful foster parents mean happier, healthier children. This support includes caregiver training, access to clinical services, advocacy, and regular family team meetings, based on the specific needs of the parents.
A sibling foster care approach means that children will be matched with their brothers and sisters whenever possible, providing the added stability these in-need children require to be successful in their foster program, as well as their future lives.
Our strong focus on cultural sensitivity and understanding means we appreciate the nuance and detail of different people and their backgrounds and the role this plays in their perception of the world around them.
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