As of the end of December, statewide there are 6,147 Texas children who are seeking to become part of their forever home, 376 of those children are from South Texas. With that in mind there are currently several South Texas foster/ adoption informational meetings scheduled for the second half of January and for the month of February.

The no obligation informational meetings are a chance for perspective foster/adoptive parents to learn more about becoming a foster parent or about the adoption process in Texas. The presentation meetings have bilingual staff available and if a community organization or congregation would like to schedule a special presentation, arrangements can be made with the regional adoption recruiter.

January 2015

Laredo /Webb County

Monday, January 26th, 11:00 AM

DFPS Office 5411 McPherson Road Laredo, TX

Monday, January 26th, 6:00 PM

DFPS Office 5411 McPherson Road Laredo, TX

February 2015

Harlingen /Cameron County

Monday, February 9th, 11:00 AM

DFPS Offices, 801 N. 13th, Suite 23 Harlingen, TX 78550

Edinburg/Hidalgo County

Monday, February 9th, 6:00 PM

DFPS Offices 300 E. Canton Edinburg, TX 78539

Laredo/ Webb County

Tuesday, February 17th, 11:00 AM

DFPS Offices 5411 McPherson Road Laredo, TX

Laredo/ Webb County

Tuesday, February 17th, 6:00 PM

DFPS Offices 5411 McPherson Road Laredo, TX

Corpus Christi /Nueces County

Monday, February 23rd, 11:00 AM

DFPS Offices 4201 Greenwood Drive Corpus Christi, TX

Corpus Christi / Nueces County

Monday, February 23rd, 6:00 PM

Owen R. Hopkins Public Library Northwest Library 3202 McKinzie Road Corpus Christi, TX 78410

The prospective foster/adoptive parents may be single or married and must:

Be at least 21 years of age, financially stable, and responsible mature adults, complete an application (staff will assist you, if you prefer),

Share information regarding their background and lifestyle, Provide relative and non-relative references, Show proof of marriage and/or divorce (if applicable), Agree to a home study which includes visits with all household members, Allow staff to complete a criminal history background check and an abuse/neglect check on all adults in the household, and Attend free training to learn about issues of abused and neglected children.

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

Additional Foster Care Requirements

In addition to the basic requirements, foster parents must:

Have adequate sleeping space.

Allow no more than 6 children in the home including your own children or children for whom you provide day care.

Agree to a nonphysical discipline policy.

Permit fire, health and safety inspections of the home.

Vaccinate all pets.

Obtain and maintain CPR/First Aid Certification.

Obtain TB testing as required by the local Health Department for household members.

Attend 20 hours or more of training each year.