Foster Care Overview

Being a foster parent is an opportunity to make a profound difference in a child’s life. BCFS Health and Human Services currently only offers foster care in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. 

Children served by BCFS in the DFW foster care program:

  • Children up to 17 years of age (typically no younger than 14)
  • Individual children or sibling groups
  • Children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement
  • Children who have been endangered, abused, or neglected
  • Children who have been exposed to drugs and alcohol

Initial Requirements:

  • Attend a faith-based Church
  • At least 25 years of age
  • Viable source of income
  • Married for at least two years
  • Complete the screening process
  • Completion of pre-verification training requirements
  • Demonstrate a nurturing parenting style
  • Adequate bedroom space
  • Maintain a working, professional relationship as a team member
  • Maintain organization with daily behavioral record(s), important documentation
  • Be and remain in compliance with state and agency standards
  • Preference for bilingual families who are fluent in one of the following languages: Spanish, Punjabi, Mandarin

On-going requirements:

  • Complete annual training
  • Participate in bi-monthly in-home meetings
  • Provide input and assist in setting short and long term goals for the child(ren)
  • Adhere to child-care regulations and procedures as defined by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services and BCFS
  • Complete all necessary documentation

Responsibilities of the foster family:

  • Provide room, board, clothing and all other personal care items
  • Provide nurturance and acceptance into the family
  • Establish ground rules and fair limits
  • Provide all transportation needs
  • Implement and help develop individual treatment plans
  • Spend positive time with and participate in quality activities with the child(ren)

Matching foster families with child(ren):

The following will be considered and evaluated when determining which children will be placed in a particular foster home:

  • The parents’ preferences for the age, gender, and ethnicity of the child
  • The ages, sexes, and needs of any current children living in the home
  • The amount of supervision parents are able to provide
  • The personalities and particular skills of parents

Support services available through BCFS programs:

At BCFS, it is our mission to give children a new life with Christian care and guidance. We offer services that are both personal and dependable. Our foster care staff work with you and your family, providing regular in-home case management services. We work closely with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, schools, therapist, and medical personnel to make sure that you and the child(ren) receive the best support services available, including:

  • 24/7 on-call support
  • Monthly Support Group meetings (childcare provided)
  • Free training opportunities throughout the month (in-person & online)

Provided Trainings

BCFS provides foster parents with the tools necessary to meet the needs of the children placed in their home. The pre-service training curriculum includes:

  • CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and First Aid
  • Satori Alternatives to Managing Aggression (SAMA)
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Corrective Teaching
  • Record Keeping
  • Medication and Universal Precautions
  • Teaching Self-Control
  • Staying Calm
  • Separation and Attachment Policy and Procedures
  • Child Effective Praise
  • Transitions
  • Fostering the Sexually Abused
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Shaken Baby Syndrome

Interested in becoming a Foster Family?

Orientation Meetings are held on the second Saturday of the month beginning August 10, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.