Relative/Kinship Foster Care FAQs

Q:  What are the benefits of becoming a kinship foster family?

A:  As a kinship foster family, you will qualify to receive monthly financial reimbursements and health care assistance for each foster child in your care. Additionally, you will experience the joy of ensuring that the children in your home grow up in a safe, nurturing environment.

Q:  How much is the monthly financial reimbursement?

A:  Financial reimbursement, along with medical and dental coverage, will vary dependant on the needs of the child or children in your care. On average, foster families will receive around $675 per child per month.

Q:  What is Permanency Care Assistance (PCA)?

A:  Permanency Care Assistance is a benefit available to you if you agree to take permanent custody of the child or children in your care.  The PCA program provides monthly financial assistance up to $545 for each child in your care until his or her 18th birthday, as long as the child remains in your care.  Additionally, you may be eligible to receive up to $2,000in reimbursement for activities (such as legal fees) related to preparing to take permanent custody of the child or children.  Additionally, the child or children will be eligible for the following:

  • Healthcare benefits
  • Extended benefits through age 21 if the child is age 16 years or older when  the PCA agreement is signed
  • College tuition waiver
  • Education and training voucher

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.

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 kinship foster 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