Where do these children come from?
Most of the children we serve have been removed from their home by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services because of abuse or neglect by their parents or caregivers. We provide foster care for these children until their situations can be resolved by a permanency plan.
How can I handle the emotional and/or behavioral issues these children have?
You will be trained just like any other licensed professional. You will be a part of a treatment team that consists of child therapists, psychologists and caseworkers. There is on-call help 24 hours a day, as well as an assigned caseworker that will provide in-home support on a regular basis.
Can I specify the kind of children I want?
Foster children are not assigned. We want to know your preferences so we can place children with you who will best fit your circumstances. Keep in mind the narrower your preference, the harder it will be to make a match.
What if I get attached to the child?
Experienced foster parents see helping a child move on to the place they are meant to be as part of their ministry. This can be hard, but there is deep satisfaction in knowing they have been effective in making a difference in a child's life. As one family put it, “We know God has his hands on their lives. He brought them to us, we prayed for them and we know that God will not let our efforts be in vain.”
Is it possible to adopt?
Yes. Foster parents have many times adopted the children they have fostered in their home. We will train and license your home to foster or foster/adopt, and if there is the need and desire for permanency with your family, we can assist you in the adoption process.