How do we go about adopting from fostercare in Houston, TX?

Kerri - posted on 06/04/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )




We would really like to adopt a child, but for many reasons feel that it's our calling is to adopt from foster care. I feel "stuck" and don't know where to start with this process. We live in Houston, TX. Has anyone here adopted a foster child in Houston?


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Jane - posted on 06/05/2011




I have friends that are wanting to do the same here in Corpus Christi. They are in a "foster to adopt" program through something that I think is called Loving Arms. In Houston I think I might check out the Texas Adoption and Resource Exchange at . It gives dates for meetings for people who want to find out how to foster and then adopt children.

The next meeting in Houston is Tuesday, June 28th, 6:30-8:30 pm

DFPS Office

2525 Murworth Drive

Room D-36

Houston, TX 77054

Contact: Harryl Hale, Recruiter (713) 293-5548

You can go to Child Protective Services directly to become a foster parent, or you can go through an agency. You will have to take a multi-week class, have several home inspections, and undergo a background check. You also need to decide what age child or children you are seeking, how many children you would want or be able to take on, and any other restrictions you might have.

We adopted through Lutheran Social Services of the South but went straight for adoption rather than fostering first. Because of our ages we opted for Special Needs adoption. In Texas this can include everything from physical problems, to mental disorders, to mixed race children. Our marriage was mixed race and we are familiar with diabetes so we opted for mixed race kids. We adopted two children, one of whom turned out to also have mental issues. However, he is on meds and in therapy and so we hope things will work out for him.

Good luck!

Christy - posted on 06/05/2011




I am in Houston as well but have no experience with this. I know that my cousin was adopted from Foster Care, but my Aunt and Uncle were Foster parents to many other children and babies, first. I think the best route would be to become a foster parent for a year or so. Since this is a government run entity there is a lot more "red tape" coming in w/o fostering experience rather than being in the system as a foster parent. Good luck and keep me posted.

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