Texas foster care and adoption guidelines


Thank you for considering becoming a foster or adoptive parent.

Contact information

View the contacts for each of the 11 Texas Department of Family and Protective Services regions. You will see a map of Texas with each of the regions outlined. To the right of the map is a list of each region’s contact person. Clicking on the person’s name will start an email to that person (emailing is recommended).

Para información en español, contacte:
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Ofrecen asistencia en español
Phone: 817-792-4418

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


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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.


Parent support groups


To view a list of parent support groups in Texas, please:

  • Visit the Child Welfare Information Gateway's National Foster Care & Adoption Directory.
  • In the list of states, choose Texas. In the list of categories, check the box for “Foster Care and Adoption Support Groups” and click the “Go” button.

Agency contact and orientation information


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

  • San Antonio area
    Ofrecen asistencia en español
    Contact: Cheronda Tillman or Hope Shelton
    Phone: 210-337-3528, 210-337-3027
  • Dallas/Fort Worth area
    Ofrecen asistencia en español
    Contact: Zeke Sanchez, Region 3 Recruitment Unit
    Phone: 817-792-4418
  • Houston area
    Ofrecen asistencia en español
    Spaulding for Children
    Contact: Yngrid Perez-Torrens
    Phone: 713-394-4234
  • El Paso area
    Ofrecen asistencia en español
    Phone: 800-233-3405
    Tyler, Texarkana, Longview, Marshall, and surrounding area
    Contact: Jerry Johnson or Tonya Fuller
    Phone: 903-676-2407, 903-683-3847
  • Beaumont, Nacogdoches, Lufkin, Livingston and surrounding area
    Contact: Aimee Bolen or Dawn Johnson
    Phone: 409-291-1032 or 936-569-5390
    Y para información de contacto de agencias en Texas que podrán ayudarle en español, por favor visite esta pagina: Personas de habla hispana disponsibles.

Information on children


In 2016 there were 28,732 children in foster care in Texas.  As of January 2017 there were 3,600 children waiting for adoptive families. Find out more.