Foster Care FAQs

What are the requirements of a foster and adoptive parent?

Foster and adoptive parents must be at least 21 years of age, be in good physical health, pass a criminal background check and be able to financially provide for a child.

What types of kids are waiting to be placed in foster care?

Some of the children are infants.  Some of the children are toddlers and school-age.  Other children are teenagers.  Some children are members of a sibling group, and children have primary medical needs.  All of these children share are one common thread: they all need a loving family and a place to call home.

Does it cost a lot of money to foster or adopt child?

NO! Financial assistance is available for each foster child in the home.  Additionally, DePelchin does not charge any fees to adopt children in the custody of Child Protective Services (CPS), and monthly financial assistance from the State of Texas may also be available.

What types of people are foster and adoptive parents?

DePelchin's families come in all shapes and sizes.  They are single, or married, same sex or traditional, working or retired.  They are renters or homewoners, have children of their own or no parenting experience.  What they all share is a genuine desire to care for children and the ability to provide a safe and loving home.

How long does the process take?

The process of becoming a foster and adoptive parent with DePelchin typically lasts between three and six months and includes these five steps:

  1. Participate in an informational orientation
  2. Submit a complete application and other documentation
  3. Complete the required trauma-informed training program
  4. Participate in a home study
  5. Receive approval to be a verified foster or approved adoptive home

What is a home study?

A home study is a collaborative effort with the family to help determine if foster care or adoption will fit their family lifestyle. During the home study, the staff member will assess the home environment and complete a written summary on the strengths, skills, behavior, attitudes, stamina, ability to work as a member of a professional team and any other characteristics considered as assets to support the family’s ability to be a successful parent partner with DePelchin. For families interested specifically in foster care, the staff member will work with the family to help determine the level of needs and age group of the children for which they are best suited to foster.

What types of support services does DePelchin offer?

DePelchin understands that the commitment to foster and adopt a child comes with great rewards — and great challenges. That’s why DePelchin supports its families every step of the way with a wide range of services, including:

  • Specialized trauma-informed training and 24-hour crisis intervention
  • Therapeutic counseling and in-home support through DePelchin's FIRST mental health program for families
  • Resources for children’s activities and a referral and retention bonus
  • Financial assistance for each foster child in the home

Where does DePelchin offer foster care and adoption services?

DePelchin offers support for children and families at locations across the State of Texas, including Houston, Austin, San Antonio and Lubbock.  For more information about our foster care and adoption program, contact us at  If you have specific questions about foster care or would like to speak with one of our staff members, please complete our online inquiry form.

I am interested in becoming a foster and adoptive parent.  What next?

The first step to becoming a foster and adoptive parent with DePelchin is to participate in an informational orientation. Informational orientations are available throughout the Greater Houston area at our main campus or at one of our satellite locations.  Visit the orientation calendar to learn more. Registration is not required to attend.  For informational orientations in Austin, San Antonio or Lubbock, please call our office directly.

Houston: (713) 802-6200
Austin: (512) 719-3222
San Antonio: (210) 691-3222
Lubbock: (806) 745-3222