In our region of Texas (Big Country and Texoma Areas) there were 742 children in foster care in September 2020. Out of those 742 children only 198 (26.7%) are able to stay in the county they are from because we do not have enough foster homes for the children coming into foster care. Go to www.mch.org for more information on how to become a foster parent.
Children who are adopted through the DFPS system may be eligible for benefits such as continued monthly subsidy payments, Medicaid health care coverage, financial assistance with the legal fees associated with adoption and free college tuition at state schools and some technical and vocational schools in Texas. Families who adopt through the DFPS system are also eligible for post adopt services to support them after the adoption.
Foster and Adoptive parents can be married, single, divorced or widowed and come from all income levels. Some foster-adoptive parents work-full time, stay at home or are retired. For families who work full-time, there is daycare assistance available to help with that cost.