Texas foster care and adoption guidelines


Thank you for considering becoming a foster or adoptive parent.


On this page:

State contact information

See a map providing contacts for each of the 11 Texas Department of Family and Protective Services regions.

Para información en español, contacte:
Phone: 800-233-3405
Línea directa para informacion de la adopcion y de familias temporales. Este programa es un servicio del Departamento de Servicios de Regulación y Protección de Texas.

Documentos de la adopcion y de familias temporales


Licensing requirements for foster or adoption

  • Must be at least 21 years of age, financially stable and responsible, and a mature adult.
  • Complete an application (staff will assist you, if you prefer).
  • Share information regarding their background and lifestyle.
  • Provide relative and non-relative references.
  • Be single, married, widowed, or divorced. Please show proof of marriage if you are married and/or proof of divorce if you are/were divorced and proof of spouse's death if widowed.
  • Agree to a home study which includes visits with all household members and inspection of all parts of the home, grounds, and outbuildings.
  • Allow staff to complete a criminal history background check and an abuse/neglect check on all adults in the household. (Adults are people age 14 and older who live in or visit your household regularly.)
  • Attend free training to learn about issues of abused and neglected children.

The training provides an opportunity for the family and the family’s agency to assess whether foster care or adoption is best for the family. The family may withdraw from the training meetings at any time. There is no charge for the training meetings. Foster and adoptive parents generally train together.


Costs to foster and adopt


A family must pay for some services, including criminal background checks, home inspections, CPR, TB testing, etc.


Agency contact and orientation information


Find out about foster and adoption information meetings in your area.

Lubbock and Amarillo area
Contact: St. Francis Ministries
Phone: 806-724-8962

Abilene, Wichita Falls, and surrounding area
Contact: Herb Brister
Phone: 940-521-5028

Dallas/Fort Worth area
Contact: Region 3 Recruitment Unit, LaQueena Warren, Nakithia Thomas
Phone: 817-792-4409, 817-304-1272, 940-384-6858

Tyler, Texarkana, Longview, Marshall, and surrounding area
Contact: Brittney Rountree or Tonya Fuller
Phone: 903-655-6211, 903-683-3847

Beaumont, Nacogdoches, Lufkin, Livingston and surrounding area
Contact: Melissa LaFleur
Phone: 409-755-4636

Houston area
Contact: Michele Broussard (Harris County),  Elizabeth Bolling (Harris County), or Harryl Hale (outlying counties)
Phone: 713-394-4262,  713-394-4242, 281-847-7061

Austin area
Contact: Shelby Rosenquist
Phone: 512-834-4705

San Antonio area
Contact: Inquiry Line, Cheronda Tillman (outlying counties)
Phone: 210-337-3117, 210-337-3528

Midland/Odessa area
Contact: Jessica Edwards or Yvonne Martinez
Phone: 325-262-0851, 325-521-8944

El Paso area
Contact: Jamie Williams, Bianca Avila
Phone: 915-777-0134, 915-521-3870

Corpus Christi area
Contact: Debra Garcia
Phone: 361-878-7525

Post-adoption support services

See a comprehensive list of post-adoption and guardianship support services and support groups available to families who live in Texas.


Information on children


In January 2019 there were 29,927 children in foster care in Texas and 3,378 children waiting for adoptive families. Find out more.