Adoption is the most rewarding thing you could ever do. It’s so worth it. There’s nothing like seeing positive change take place in a child’s life. Paulina Palmer, Adoptive Parent
Read the story of the Palmer family’s adoption process
The Ease of Adopting through BCFS Health and Human Services
BCFS HHS provides matching services for potential adoptive parents to ensure each child is a good fit for the home. With the aid of a case manager and BCFS program staff, adoptive parents are able to effortlessly navigate through the adoption process. BCFS works to facilitate the adoption and act as a liason on parents’ behalves.
What is an Adoptive Home?
A child is placed in an adoptive home with the expressed purpose of the parents adopting the child. The child’s parental rights have already been terminated and the child is legally adoptable. This is the best option for parents wanting to adopt a child 8 years and older. From the moment the child is placed in an adoptive home, BCFS’ adoption coordinator will work with the family for the next 6 months, ensuring a smooth transition for the child and adoptive family. After the 6 month period is complete, the child can be legally adopted by the adoptive parents.
What is a Foster/Adoptive Home?
A child is placed in foster/adoptive home with the intention of the foster/adoptive parents adopting the child if he or she becomes available. The child’s biological parental rights usually have not yet been terminated when the child is placed in the foster/adoptive home. This is the best option for parents wanting to adopt a baby or child up to 8 years old. For foster/adoptive homes, BCFS makes the greatest effort possible to place a child who is at “legal risk,” meaning it appears to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services that the child will be adoptable in the near future.
Review our Foster Care / Adoption Fact Sheet for more information about
- the children in BCFS’ care available for foster care or adoption
- the responsibilities of foster / adoptive parents
- basic eligibility requirements of foster / adoptive parents
- the child / parent matching process
- support services and trainings available to foster / adoptive parents