Kinship Foster Care

Individuals who accept into their care the child of another family member or friend play the important role of kinship caregivers.  Kinship caregivers provide a way for children to stay connected with their biological family even when they cannot live with their birth parents.

At DePelchin, we are committed to helping kinship caregivers provide the best care for their families. One way we do this is by guiding kinship caregivers along the path to becoming a kinship foster family.  As a kinship foster family, kinship caregivers will qualify to receive the financial support they need to care for the children in their home. View our FAQs specific to kinship foster care.


To become a kinship foster family, kinship caregivers should meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be in good physical health
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Be able to financially provide for a child

Becoming a Kinship Foster Family with DePelchin

The steps to becoming a kinship foster family include the following:

  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

Contact Us

We want to hear from you! The first step to becoming a kinship foster 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

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.