7 Simple Steps to Become a Foster Parent in Texas
- Complete an application and background forms which allows us to do local background and reference checks.
- Walkthrough/House Assessment
- A worker will complete an assessment of your home and help you identify any changes that may be needed to meet the verification requirements.
- Background checks
- You will complete fingerprints scans on each adult and child over 14 living in your home, so that FBI background checks can be done. In addition, you will have a Child abuse Registry Check. If you have been a foster parent before, you will need to also consent for us to check your records with the prior agency.
- You will complete 42 hours of Preservice in-person training, and 8 hours of Online training which can be completed in the comfort of your home.
- You will need to submit documentation to verify and support the home study information. This will include copies of your driver’s license, social security card, marriage and divorce certificates, TB tine verification, insurance verification, medical/health assessments, and financial information such as pay stubs or tax forms.
- Fire and Environmental Health Inspections
- The Fire Department and Health Departments will complete inspections of your home. You will need to have a fire extinguisher, outlet covers, mattress covers, medication lock box and fire arms locked up
- Home Study
- A worker will meet with you several times to gather information to learn about you and your family. This will be compiled into a Home Study.
Becoming a foster parent requires many hours of training covering topics including parenting children who have been traumatized by abuse and neglect, policy training, medication management, childhood development among many other topics. The grid below outlines the trainings and venue of trainings that are required to become a Foster Parent (Pre-Service), or maintain your continued education credits.
|Cultural Diversity (Affirming Care)||In Person|
|CPR/1st Aid; Blood Borne Pathogens; Medication; Water Safety||In Person|
|SID’s; Shaken Baby; and Early Childhood Development (If needed)||In Person|
|Psychotropic Medication||DFPS On-Line Training|
|Trauma Training||DFPS On-Line Training|
|Medical Consent||DFPS On-Line Training|
|Reporting Abuse/Neglect||DFPS On-Line Training|
|On-going Annual Training = 30 Hours|
|§ 10 of these 30 hours can be completed on-line or by reading a book
§ TFI provides training at our Foster Parent Support Meetings and Annual Retreat
§ TFI provides notice of other training opportunities throughout the year