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Foster Care

According to the most recent federal data, there are currently more than 400,000 children in foster care in the United States. They range in age from infants to 21 years old (in some states). The average age of a child in foster care is more than 8 years old, and there are slightly more boys than girls.

Children and youth enter foster care because they have been abused, neglected, or abandoned by their parents or guardians. All of these children have experienced loss and some form of trauma. In other ways, foster children are no different from children who aren’t in foster care: they are learning and growing, like to play and hang out with friends their age, and need the love and stability a permanent home provides.

The median amount of time that a child spends in foster care is just over a year. More than half of the children in foster care will be reunified with their parents or primary caregivers, and nearly one-quarter will be adopted, many by their foster parents.

Each year, approximately 20,000 youth will age out of the foster care system when they turn 18 or 21, or when they finish high school (depending upon the state in which they live.) These children are at increased risk of poor educational outcomes, experiencing homelessness, and being unemployed.

Read more about how we are supporting age out children through our new S.O.A.R. house.      


Steps to Become a Foster/Adoptive Parent

  • Must be at least 21 years of age, financially stable, and responsible, mature adults

  • Complete and application

  • 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

  • Attend free training to learn about issues of abused and neglected children

  • attend and complete all required training courses

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent or would like more information about our foster care program you can contact the office at (254) 968-2143.

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