Foster Care Overview

Being a foster parent is an opportunity to make a profound difference in a child’s life. BCFS HHS’ currently only offers foster care in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area. 

Children served by BCFS HHS’ in the foster care program:

  • Infants
  • Children up to 17 years of age
  • Individual children or sibling groups
  • Under the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services custody
  • Children in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement
  • Children who have been abused and/or neglected
  • Children who have been drug and/or alcohol-exposed
  • Basic and Moderate Level of Services

Initial Requirements:

  • Attend a Faith-Based Church
  • At least 25 years of age
  • A 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

On-going program requirments:

  • Complete between 20-30 hours of 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 (TDFPS) and BCFS
  • Complete all necessary documentation

Responsibilities of the foster family toward the child(ren):

  • 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 or adoptive home:

  • The parents’ preferences for the age, gender, and ethnicity of the child.
  • The parents’ preferences for what behaviors they are willing/able to work with.
  • 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 TDFPS, ORR, schools, therapist, and medical personnel to make sure that you and the children are receiving the best support services available.
Other Support Services include:

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

Provided Trainings

BCFS’ mission is to provide our foster and adoptive parents with the tools necessary to meet the needs of the children placed in their home and focus on developing families. The pre-service training curriculum includes:

  • CPR/First Aid
  • SAMA
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Corrective Teaching
  • Record Keeping
  • Medication/Universal Precautions
  • Teaching Self-Control
  • Staying Calm
  • Separation and Attachment Policy and Procedures
  • Consequences Reporting Child Abuse
  • Child Effective Praise
  • Transitions
  • Fostering the Sexually Abused
  • SIDS and Shaken Baby

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.