What areas of Texas do you serve?
We offer Foster Care & Adoption services from our offices in Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Itasca and Wichita Falls.
Are you able to help Kinship Families?
Yes! Read more about the support we offer and connect with your Guide.
Is there really a need for families to foster?
Yes! There is a huge need for foster families across Texas.
Today, almost all children referred for placement are school-aged and/or part of a sibling group.
There are rarely enough families for:
- African American or Hispanic children
- Children with physical, mental and/or behavioral special needs
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 perfection; 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 meet 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 four children may share a bedroom (when space allows) and every child must have their own bed
- Children age five and under may share a bedroom with children of the opposite sex
What else do I need to know?
You will need to pick one agency to work with. Connect with your Guide to get started!
All agencies have the ability to serve any child in the Texas Foster Care System and are notified every time children need placement.
We’ll work together on your placement profile as we get to know your family. You will share about the age, sex, race, number and needs of children you are prepared to parent and you’ll always have the final say about who joins your family.
When choosing an agency, it’s important to consider its location, size, requirements, training and staff qualifications. More 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 receive a per diem to offset the cost of caring for children each month.
Healthcare expenses for children in foster care are covered by Medicaid. This includes 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.
Our experienced team cares about you. We’ll design support and resources that make sense for your family.
Smaller workloads keep our staff accessible for your family and give you access to the experts you need 24/7.
Everything we do is grounded in Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®), the leading attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention designed to help children from hard places heal.
Families trust us and recommend PCHAS to their family and friends.
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.
What is The Foster Care Village?
At The Foster Care Village in Itasca, Texas, families live in community with others who are fostering.
Do you have an infant adoption program?
Voluntary adoption is available to families who are seeking to adopt an infant. You can read more here.