OPEN YOU HEART, OPEN YOUR HOME TO A CHILD
Child Protective Services is a division of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). The mission of Child Protective Services (CPS) Program is Children First: Safe and Secure and the goal of our program is to "Protect the Unprotected."
CPS focuses on the safety, permanency and well-being of the children we serve.
We accomplish this by recruiting, training and verifying foster and adoptive homes from within the 23 counties we serve in the Northeast Texas area. The CPS Foster Care Program serves children with basic level needs, males and females, ages ranging from 0-18.
Child Protective Services desperately needs families who are willing to open their hearts and homes to our foster children ranging in age from 0 – 18. Our children come from various races and ethnic backgrounds. Children in the foster care system may be an individual child, part of a sibling group and/or children with medical needs.
There are currently 1,497 children in foster care in the East Texas area.
There’s a growing need for foster parents all across the state, but particularly here in East, Texas. Frequently, children are placed out of the county they currently live in, or even in another city, due to the lack of placements in their own area. That's why our agency needs your help by becoming a foster or adoptive parent.
Being a foster parent means temporarily caring for and nurturing many children over time. It also means working as a partner, both with the agency and birth parents, in order to help reunify a child with their biological family after the issues which caused the child to be placed into foster care are resolved.
Being an adoptive parent means making a permanent lifetime commitment to a child who was unable to be reunified with their birth family. Adoption is rewarding for adoptive parents, and provides children an opportunity to grow up in a loving and supportive environment. No matter what the age of a child, children never outgrow the need for loving committed parents.
To become a foster and/or adoptive parent, you do not have to own your own home, be married, or be rich. You do have to be able to provide a child with a safe, nurturing, and stable environment; meet background check requirements; be financially stable; complete an application; attend pre-service training on caring for children in CPS care; participate in a home study; and meet other requirements applicable to the type of care you want to provide.
Attending an Information Meeting is the next step to becoming a foster or adoptive parent. The purpose of this meeting is to provide you with more information about both the children in our care and the home verification/approval process. During the meeting, you will also have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. If you are interested in continuing the process after the information meeting, CPS Foster/Adoptive Home Development (FAD) staff will provide you with an application. You can also go online to our website adoptchildren.org and fill out an inquiry form there. Someone from our agency will then contact you with more information about the process.
There are over 6000 children waiting in the foster care system for their "Forever Home". They deserve a family to call their own. Many ask…Why Not Me? Where is my family?
Adults contemplating adoption or fostering may want to consider the slogan, "if you think you can-you can." Believing is contagious. That's what children in the foster care system need. It's what they want, someone to believe in. Won't you be that someone?
For more information please call Ashley Gipson 903-533-4109