Learn About Becoming A Texas Foster Parent

Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.

In Texas, there are over 31,000 children placed outside their parent’s care in foster care. There are not enough foster homes to support this number of children in care. This means that children from your community are being placed outside of their home community, or in shelters.

Learn About Becoming A Foster Parent

Children who are placed outside their home community in one day lose their parents, family, school friends, teachers, coaches, and sense of connection to their community. They frequently miss school so they can have visits, or they don’t see family because they need to be in school. This sense of loss is compounded when they cannot be placed with their brothers and sisters due to no one having enough room.

Foster parents are needed to take children of all ages. The hardest to find placement for are teenagers and for children with challenging behaviors. Foster parents who are willing to take sibling sets of 3 or more that spread across the age ranges are greatly needed.

An important role for foster parents is to work with the child’s birth family to help that child return home, and if that fails, to commit to raise/parenting the child through adoption or guardianship.

The foster parent helps children to keep contact with their birth family, while acting as a mentor for that family. Foster care is a service provided to the child’s entire family. Foster families come from the same community as the child, are willing to accept and agree to visitation and other types of contact with siblings, relatives, and other important people in the child’s life.

Frequently Asked Questions

You must be 21 or older. You can be married, single, divorced, or widowed. You may rent or own your home. Other eligibility is based on background check results.

Any felony will be an automatic denial. Any other charges would need to be discussed with management.

Usually a child enters the foster care system because of a breakdown in the family home, which makes the home an unsuitable place for the child to live at the present time. Other times, a child may be placed in foster care because of physical or emotional challenges that the birth parents are unable to manage.

Yes. You will receive a call from our intake office for any child needing placement. They will read you a referral about the child and his/her behaviors. You and your family will be able to make an informed decision regarding bringing that child to your home.

Most foster care placements are temporary. The majority of children return to their own families once the problems have been resolved. There is no period because every case is different.

This is a by-case basis and all depends on the case and situation. This is something you would need to discuss with your foster care worker.

You will contact the worker TFI assigned to your home between 8am-5pm. 24-hour on call support is provided to your family during non-working hours. You will be provided with a contact number for the local on-call worker to help you through the crisis you are experiencing.

A foster child can share a room with another foster child or bio children as long as same gender and within 2 years of each other’s age.

Yes, as long as the children, foster or bio, are under the age of 6; however this Is not preferred.

TFI attempts to get to know the foster parents and will provide information about the child prior to being placed to insure a good environment for both. If it still is not a fit, TFI will try to set up interventions and will work closely with you to help rectify any issues. You can disrupt but a 2-week notice is necessary unless an emergency.

Yes, TFI will assist with the adoptions process if a foster child becomes adoptable.

Yes, TFI must receive approval from the CPS worker and the court, prior to taking the child out of state.

The child will go to school in the district where your home is located.

Yes, the state will pay for this assistance as long as all applicants have a full time job.

It depends on the individual child and their behaviors and needs.

Pets have to have all current vaccination records from a vet.

All weapons must be locked up in a secure weapon case in a secure area of the home.

Yes, as long as it does not interfere with space issues for the foster child. Anyone living in the home 14 years or older must have a local and federal background checks as well as a TB test.

As a foster parent, foster parent must provide the child the opportunity to attend a church of their preference or provide alternate care for the foster child.

You just have to have a valid driver’s license to apply, however you need to change your license to a TX license and provide TFI with an updated TX driver’s license as soon as you receive it.

Yes, you have to be a legal US citizen.

Yes, all foster children will have health insurance provided through state.

Yes, from approval from the CPS worker and the child’s attorney.

A babysitter, which could be another foster parent or friends/ family members who have had CPR/ first aid training, a local background check and SAMA training.