Sometimes it’s in the best interest of a child to be placed with a relative. When a child can no longer live at home, a relative or family friend may be asked to become the child’s guardian. Our Fostering Connections/Kinship Care Program guides a child’s relatives through the process of becoming licensed caregivers.
Through the Fostering Connections/Kinship Care Program, relatives have an opportunity to adopt legally eligible children who have been placed in their home by Texas Department of Family Protective Services (TDFPS). A legally eligible child is a child whose parental rights were terminated in the court of continuing jurisdiction. Sometimes the parental rights are not terminated and there is a plan for the related family to receive Permanent Managing Conservatorship (PMC). PCHAS can provide services for either situation. If a kin child (relative) was placed with you, and you are seeking to adopt them or if you receive PMC by becoming a licensed foster home, please contact our office in your area to see if we can serve you.
By becoming a licensed Fostering Connections/Kinship Care family, you will receive financial assistance, training and support from our expert staff. The added benefit is that we will come to your home for your initial orientation. In addition, we see you as the expert of your family and will seek your knowledge and experience to help provide the child with a lifelong plan through adoption.
The Fostering Connections/Kinship Care Program is beneficial because:
- Children are placed in a familiar setting with a relative who already loves them
- Biological parents know the family members caring for their children
- Children maintain their cultural identity
- Family traditions are preserved
- Children already have relationships within their extended family
- Family-related foster parents provide the child with a feeling of stability
The process of becoming a Fostering Connections/Kinship Care family is similar to process of becoming a foster family. Children who are placed in Fostering Connections/Kinship Care homes qualify for state services and assistance once they are licensed by a private agency such as PCHAS.