Frequently Asked Questions

How has COVID-19 changed your services?

We are doing our best to keep children, families, and staff safe by working from home, maintaining safe distances, and following other CDC guidelines. Our team has found new ways to connect to ensure that we can continue providing services for children and families. We will continue to innovate, always striving for creative solutions and ensuring safety when meeting in-person is necessary.

Who can become a Foster or Adoptive Parent with PCHAS?

We're looking for people who want to be a safe, loving, and nurturing family for children who need one. We're not looking for perfect people; we're looking for people who are able and willing to walk beside children who have experienced hardships.

What other requirements are there for my family and home?

Foster and Adoptive Parents need to be:

  • A high school graduate, have completed a GED, or able to pass an equivalent skills test
  • Able to nurture the spiritual life of every child, but don't have to be Presbyterian
  • Respectful of each child's cultural heritage and religious preferences
  • Physically, mentally, and emotionally able to meed the needs of children
  • Financially stable
  • Single, Married, or Divorced
  • At least 21 years old

Foster and Adoptive Parents can be:

  • Experienced or First-Time Parents
  • Working, Retired, or Somewhere in between
  • Homeowners or Renters

To become verified, Foster and Adoptive Parents will:

  • Complete a background check, including fingerprinting, for all household members age 14 and up
  • Become certified in CPR and First Aid
  • Provide personal documents, such as: driver's license, social security card, auto and home insurance, and birth certificate

Your home must:

  • Pass a Fire and Health Inspection
  • Have appropriate space for children
    • Up to 4 children may share a bedroom, (when space allows) and every child must have their own bed
    • Children age 5 and under may share a bedroom with children of the opposite sex

What else do I need to know?
  • You will need to pick an agency, because you can only complete the process with one.
  • Licensed agencies (state or private) have the ability to serve any child in the Texas Foster Care System. All agencies are notified every time that children need placement.
  • You can share about the age, sex, race, number and needs of children that you are prepared to parent, and as we get to know your family, we’ll work together to decide on a placement profile. Even then, you’ll always have the final say about who joins your family.
  • When choosing an agency, it may be important to consider the location, size, requirements, training, and staff qualifications. Most importantly, you need to choose an agency you trust to handle the details and advocate for your family.
  • There is no fee to become licensed; however, there may be some small costs, for items like CPR/First Aid certification, TB test, fire extinguishers, and smoke detectors.
  • Foster families are volunteers who commit themselves to providing care for children when they cannot be with their birth family. Each month, foster families receive a per diem to offset the cost of caring for children.
  • Healthcare expenses for children in foster care are covered by Medicaid. This included doctors, dentists, therapies, prescriptions and most other medical needs

Why should I choose PCHAS?
  • We provide Christ-centered care and support to children and families in need and we treat families the way we want to be treated.
  • We only hire the best staff. Our team is experienced and we care about your family and customize our services to meet your needs.
  • We keep workloads small so our team is accessible for your family and give you access to the experts you need 24/7.
  • We’ll prepare you to parent with Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI), the leading attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention designed to meet the needs of children from hard places.
  • We know our families trust us because they recommend PCHAS to their friends and family.
  • We’ve been serving families like you for more than 100 years and we’ll keep striving to serve like Jesus for all the years to come.

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Connect With A Foster Care & Adoption Guide

If you live near
Austin or Houston, contact:

Amanda Moore
Amanda Moore, MSW
Email Amanda 512.212.5700

If you live near
Dallas, Itasca or Wichita Falls, contact:

Travis Cutbirth
Travis Cutbirth
Email Travis 940.557.5511