FOSTER PARENT'S FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are the requirements to become a Foster Parent


To qualify as a foster parent in Texas, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be in good physical health
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Be able to financially provide for a child
If you qualify, you will then have to apply to become a verified foster parent. However, there is no guarentee that your application will be accepted.




How old do you have to be to become a foster parent?


The minimum age requirement to become a foster parent is 21. There is no age limit in becoming a foster parent.




How long does it take to become a foster parent?


Typically it takes 2-3 months to become a verified foster home.




Do I have to own a home to be a foster parent?


Nope. You can own, rent, or lease a home and become a foster parent.




How much money do I need to make to become a foster parent?


You have to show you are financially able to support foster children without the assistance of DFPS. Foster parents receive monthly past through expenses for each child placed in their home to assist in reimbursing them for expenses occurred during the month.




Do I have an option in selecting children I would like in my home?


Yes, the agency has a discussion with foster parents during the initial stages to get an idea of what specific population a foster parent would like to work with.