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.