There are several ways to adopt a child or sibling group through Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCHAS). Learn which program works best for you, and contact a maternity and adoption specialist in your area with any questions.
- Voluntary (Infant Adoption)
This program is the best fit for a family who is seeking to adopt an infant. Children who are available for voluntary adoption are placed by their birth parents who make an adoption plan. Birth parents and adoptive families receive counseling and legal services through PCHAS. Support and education about the benefits of open adoption are also provided.
PCHAS has contracts with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) to provide both foster care and adoption services to children with histories of abuse and/or neglect. Families become licensed as foster parents and provide a loving home to children who are in the custody of TDFPS. There are times when these children will not be returned to their birth families, and the foster family is given the opportunity to adopt the child. Within this program, there are also times when a child is legally eligible for adoption and joins a family through the standard adoption process.
- Fostering Connections/Kinship Care
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. Often called “kinship care,” our Fostering Connections program aids a child’s relatives through the process of becoming licensed care providers.By becoming a licensed Fostering Connections family, you will receive financial assistance, training and support from our expert staff. In addition, children who are placed in licensed Fostering Connections homes qualify for a variety of state services and assistance.
- Children are placed in a familiar setting with a relative who already loves them
- Biological parents retain hope they may be reunited with their children
- Children maintain their cultural identity
- Family traditions are preserved
- Children are able to build healthy relationships within their extended family
- Family-related foster parents provide the child with a feeling of stability
The process of becoming a Fostering Connections family is similar to process of becoming a foster parent.
To learn more about our programs and services, contact one of our maternity and adoption specialists today.