What is foster care?
When the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) finds evidence of child abuse and/or neglect, Child Protective Services (CPS) works to place the child/children in foster care. Foster care is a temporary arrangement whereby state-certified adults provide homes for children who have been separated from their birthparents. CPS may place such children with relatives, foster families, or group facilities.
The goal for foster children is typically reunification with birthparents, but adoption is a possible outcome in certain cases.
In the Houston area, the need is overwhelming. DFPS/CPS cannot do this alone. It takes a village to care for foster children and their birthparents. Effectively meeting the need requires the coordinated efforts of entire communities, which is why we started Fostering Family.
DFPS has divided the state of Texas into regions, and Fostering Family is committed to serving Region 6, strengthening foster/kinship families and the communities that surround them through training and collaboration.
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