You qualify to apply for foster care placement if you:
- Are single or married (if married, for a minimum of two years).
- Retired or employed.
- Are 21 years of age or older.
- Are emotionally and physically healthy.
- Have a regular source of income (cannot be dependent on the foster care payment for expenses, nor can you be on government assistance).
- Have no criminal history, or have proof of rehabilitation.
- Do not have a history of abusing a child or another adult.
Characteristics of successful foster families:
- A strong desire to help children.
- Open minded and welcoming to children of all age groups.
- Flexible with the children and the treatment team.
- Can cope with challenging behaviors.
- Value diversity and support children’s cultural needs.
- Open to children you have experienced trauma
The process for becoming a foster parent
Foster In Texas (FIT) works with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to find loving families for thousands of children each year. These children tend to be school-age or older and are very desirous of a forever family.
Verification process overview:
- Completed in three months on average.
- Application and background check.
- Orientation meeting.
- STAR pre-service training.
- CPR and first aid training.
- SMART behavioral intervention training.
- Psychotropic medications and medications administration training.
- A home screening/study and safety inspection.