There aren’t any easy answers when you have to remove children from their families and place them in a home with strangers. It’s scary for the child and challenging for foster parents. But it can be a profoundly healing relationship if created thoughtfully and everyone involved is surrounded with support. These are the guiding principles behind Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services’ Foster Care program. PCHAS provides both emergency and long-term foster care solutions for children. We carefully screen, select, train, supervise and support foster families. And we closely match foster family characteristics with the unique needs of each child, which creates a more positive, successful experience for everyone. Siblings are placed together whenever possible. Our Foster Care Program serves children from infancy to age 17 at the time of admission. PCHAS structures its therapeutic services to help children who experience social and emotional difficulties, developmental delays, learning problems and behavioral challenges.
Texas Foster Care Programs
Not all of our placements are with strangers. Our Fostering Connections program helps grandparents and other family relatives obtain “Permanent Managing Conservatorship,” in essence foster parents for their young relative. This enables the foster family members to receive support and financial assistance and enables the child to qualify for state-funded college scholarships.
In the best interest of the children, we also help some parents to simultaneously become foster and adoptive parents. In these situations, the family accepts a foster child (or sibling group) into their home with the hope that they will be able to adopt the child (or sibling group) once parental rights are terminated. Foster-to-adopt families and the children in their homes receive the same support and services that other foster families receive until the adoption is finalized. After the adoption is finalized, PCHAS staff continues to surround the family with love and support. Our Foster Care Program includes:
- 24-hour crisis intervention
- Case management services
- Regular home visits with foster children and foster parents
- Individualized service planning
- Monthly review of placement goals and progress
- Psychological and diagnostic appraisals
- Counseling and therapy services
- Medical and dental care
- Psychiatric evaluations as needed
- Appropriate regular and special educational placements, including tutoring when needed
Download a PDF of our Foster/Adoptive Parent Benefits
Our multidisciplinary team creates Individualized Service Plans (ISP) for each child, incorporating input from the child, the child’s managing conservator, the foster family and agency staff. The plan often reflects recommendations from other members of the professional team, such as psychiatrists, psychologists, chaplain, therapists, school personnel, attorneys ad litem and Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) workers.
PCHAS also provides adoption, foster-to-adopt, and post-adoption services through its Houston Foster Care and Adoption Office. For more information about these services, please call 713.522.2800 or 800.543.2229.
PCHAS operates foster homes and has offices in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Waxahachie, Wichita Falls, Houston and Longview. Please contact the PCHAS Foster Care administrative offices at 972.923.3393 for a list of geographical areas currently being served. See the full list of Foster Care contacts.
Special Foster Care Partnership
In Dallas, PCHAS enjoys a strong partnership with the highly-regarded Juliette Fowler Communities. This collaborative relationship allows PCHAS to extend its foster care services, thus placing more children into loving short-term and long-term homes.