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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 to become a foster parent

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.

 

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