Each child in foster care shares a gripping story—being removed from their home and placed in foster care is a difficult and stressful experience for any child. While most children dream of a new bike, Disneyland, or birthday parties, children entering foster care dream of safety, shelter and a loving family. What better gift can you give a child than the opportunity to experience life in a safe, nurturing home?
Upbring Foster in Texas (FIT) works with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to find loving families for children whose parental rights have been terminated because of abuse and/or neglect. These children tend to be school age or older and are very desirous of a forever family.
- You have the unique opportunity to give a child a second chance at childhood, helping them to heal and move on from the life that led them here.
- Effectively raising and adopting a foster child requires a lot of work, but it is an incredibly rewarding path.
- Many foster-to-adopt parents feel they are “meant” to do this. They describe it as a “calling” and find the responsibility highly rewarding.
- Financial support makes this adoption path viable for many, but is seldom a primary consideration. Support can include monthly adoption subsidies, Medicaid benefits, and post-adoption services to assist you should the child develop problems as a result of early abuse and/or neglect.
Do I qualify to be a foster-to-adopt parent?
Do you want to provide love and a nurturing environment to a child? Then you might be just what we’re looking for in a foster-to-adopt parent.
Eligibility guidelines for foster-to-adopt parents:
- You may be single or married (if married, for a minimum of two years).
- You may be retired or employed.
- You must be 21 years of age or older.
- You must be emotionally and physically healthy.
- You must have a regular source of income (cannot be dependent on the foster care payment for expenses, nor can you be on government assistance).
- You must have no criminal history, or have proof of rehabilitation.
- You must not have a history of abusing a child or another adult.
Foster-to-adopt parents do not need to be wealthy, nor do they need to have a Ph.D. in child psychology. Potential foster-to-adopt parents are screened through a series of interviews, background checks, training, and home interviews.
For more information, please visit our Foster In Texas page or contact our state intake coordinator at 877-747-8110.