Becoming a Foster Parent
The foster care system of Texas recruits stable families who are interested in sharing their blessings with a child or sibling group in need of a safe and nurturing environment. It is important to know that you do not need to be a candidate for Sainthood to apply and begin the process to become a foster parent.
The family lawyers at Goranson Bain Ausley understand there are many reasons and circumstances that make it difficult for biological families to meet the needs of their children, which include poverty, substance abuse, mental illness, homelessness, loss of a job, or lack of support from extended family and community. In foster care, these children are provided with a safe, nurturing, loving family for a temporary period of time. There are many types of foster care, including traditional care, emergency/shelter care, medical/therapeutic care, relative/kinship care, respite, and short-term.
What Foster Parenting Is and Isn’t
Foster parenting is not a lifetime commitment to a child and his or her family, but a commitment to be meaningful in the child and family’s lifetime. What foster parenting is, is an opportunity, a chance to make the world a better place, one child at a time. Foster parenting could be one of the most challenging steps you will take in your life and one of the most rewarding opportunities you will ever volunteer for.
Evaluating Your Capabilites
The key qualification is being able to meet the physical, emotional, and developmental needs of a child. Foster care agencies are able to help you evaluate whether this is something you might be able to do. They do this through a process that helps you and the agency evaluate your capabilities.
Steps to the Licensing Process
All foster parents in Texas must be licensed or verified in order to provide care for children. The licensing process has certain steps that everyone follows.
Contact a foster care agency. Foster care is provided by both private agencies and public agencies. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services will have a listing of approved agencies you can contact. The agency will ask for personal information such as your name, address and phone number so they may send information about the agency and the licensing/certification process. They may also discuss your motivation and their need for foster families.
By Your Side as Your Family Grows
If your family is thinking of foster care, contact Goranson Bain Ausley and let our family attorneys help you begin the discussion. We have office locations in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Granbury, and Plano serving the entire state of Texas.