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Foster care is the temporary placement of children and youth with families outside their own home due to child abuse, neglect, or some other family crisis. Our goal is to provide a safe, stable and nurturing environment that meets the needs of these children while a more permanent placement is secured. In many cases, the children served by Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services come to us from Child Protective Services (CPS), which operates under the auspices of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS).
First, a report is made through the CPS hotline (1-800-252-5400) about suspected child abuse or child neglect. CPS investigates the report and depending upon the report’s outcome, may remove the child from their home/caregivers. If no placement with a relative is available, foster care becomes the next option for the child.
The children in foster care have been exposed to trauma (mistreatment at home and the removal from their biological parents). Obviously, this affects children and many exhibit behavior problems, emotional disturbances and developmental delays. We spend hours training and equipping you to handle the effects of trauma and abuse using Trust-Based Relational Intervention® and our years of experience and education. You will also be a part of a treatment team that consists of many professionals to help you along the way.
We will recognize your preferences regarding the age and gender of children you feel will be a great match for your family. The more narrow your parameters, however, the longer it may take us to complete a placement. The children come from all over Texas and are between the ages of 0-17. There is a particular need for families open to children with special needs, sibling groups and teenagers.
The number one goal of foster care is healthy family reunification. Unfortunately, there are times when this cannot occur and children in foster care become legally available for adoption. We license all our foster parents as adoptive homes so you have the option to become a forever family to a child in need.
Depending upon the circumstances, a child may be placed in a foster home for days or months. Placement is for as long as it takes to achieve permanent placement for the child. Permanent placement may be back with a child’s biological family, with relatives or with an adoptive family.
No. Renters are eligible to foster. However, you must have a permanent residence.
Licensed foster parents and licensed Fostering Connections families receive a daily amount, called a “per diem,” which covers the cost of food, clothing, hygiene supplies, recreation, travel-related expenses and other basic needs of raising a child. Monthly checks are issued according to the number of days the child is in your care. The daily amount is based on the child’s “level of care.” A child’s “level of care” is determined by their needs and level of functioning.
Each family is assigned a Case Manager, who is responsible for providing consultation, case management and support to the foster family. Other support services are provided as well, such as respite care (in some of our service areas) ongoing training, emergency crisis support and more. Read more about benefits for Foster Parents. Support is also available through state and local foster care associations.
Medicaid covers the cost of medical, dental and counseling services for children who are placed by the State of Texas. Foster parents are not responsible for providing insurance for children in foster care.
Yes. However, if the child in foster care requires day care, the foster parent may be responsible for that expense, unless a special arrangement has been made.
Not necessarily. Regulations determine when a child may share a room with another child and age, gender and specific needs of each child are taken into consideration.
Yes, you may take a child in foster care on vacation with written permission of the child’s State caseworker.
Be Foster Proud is an initiative of Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS). What makes PCHAS unique?
Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services is a 501(c)3 non-profit, private social service agency that has provided Christ-Centered care and support to children and families in need since 1903. We provide competitive rates, excellent training, and experienced staff.