When you first contact our office, a staff member will answer your questions about becoming a foster parent. If you’re interested in taking the next step, we will email you our Foster Home Application. You will need to complete those forms and email them back to us. If you do not have access to email, we will be happy to send you these forms through the mail.
This is an opportunity for us to meet with you in your home so we can get to know you better and assess your home environment. It also allows you to get to know us and ask any questions you may have. You will be given a copy of our Foster Parent Checklist, which outlines all of the items you will need to complete and return to us before you can apply to become licensed to provide foster care.
At Foster Parent Orientation and Pre-Service Training, you will be given information to help you understand the steps involved in becoming licensed, and you will learn how and where you can obtain the required training hours. You will also have an opportunity to connect with other new foster families who, like you, are just starting out on this exciting journey.
You will be sent a questionnaire designed to assess, among other things, your personal and family history, lifestyle, finances, and childcare experiences, and will help us determine the types of children you would prefer to have in your home. When the questionnaire has been completed, we will schedule a time with you to come back to your home and go over it with you. We need a clear understanding of your home environment before all of the relevant information can be compiled into a Home Study.
After your Home Study has been developed by our staff, we will schedule a time with you to come back to your home for a final walk-through to make sure that your home is completely ready to take in foster children. During this visit, you will be asked to sign our Foster Home Agreements.
When all of the earlier steps have been completed, your application for a foster care license with the State of Texas will be submitted. It usually takes about 3 days to learn if an approval has been granted. At that time, you will then be given a copy of your license which lists all of the services your home may now provide.
Now that your home as been granted a license by the state of Texas to provide foster care services, you’re ready for children to be placed in your home! All of the many factors involved in your application will be carefully considered to determine the children who will best match your family.