Foster Care – Service for children who are unable to live with their parent or guardian for some temporary length of time. (In Texas, this service is refers specifically to children under the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services’ legal responsibility.
Foster Adoption – Adoption of a child in the foster care system after it is determined it is not safe for the child to go back to his parent or guardian and the parental rights of the birth parents have been terminated.
National Adoption Day
In 2000, the National Adoption Day Coalition launched an initiative with the help of law firms and child advocacy agencies to complete hundreds of adoptions in a group effort. This year the Coalition expects 4,500 children in foster care to be adopted into a forever family. Fort Worth has been in the forefront of the initiative.
On Friday, November 22, 2013, the Tarrant County Family Law Courts and the Tarrant County Bar Association team up with Tarrant County CASA, Texas Wesleyan (now Texas A&M) Young Attorneys Association, and the Texas Department of Family Protective Services Child Protective Services (CPS) division, for a group of about 100 adoption ceremonies. The day includes food, flowers, fun activities, fuzzy teddy bears, photos and, best of all, newly formed forever families.
Despite this tremendous effort, there are still literally thousands of children remaining in foster care. At the same time, there are countless would-be adoptive parents waiting to find children. These two groups are forever families in the making, ready to create permanent loving homes for both the parents and the children.
Adoption is undoubtedly our favorite practice area. All adoptions are awesome, and foster adoptions are especially rewarding. With the rewards, you may also face challenges. Your foster adoption attorney team is well qualified to assist you and guide you through the system.
If you are already a foster parent considering adoption, we sincerely hope you will call on us today. We understand the system. We know the procedures. Once you have met all the requirements and welcomed a foster child into your home, you may begin thinking about making the situation permanent through foster adoption.
The agencies can help you with the requirements. Your foster adoption attorney can help make your path a smooth one. We are your advocate throughout the foster adoption process.
- Today there are more than 30,000 Texas children in foster care.
- More than half of these children will never return to their biological parents.
- Nearly half of all children in foster care have chronic medical problems.
- Up to 80 percent of all children in foster care have serious emotional problems.
- The average age of children in foster care is over nine years old.
- Most children entering foster care remain there about 2 years.
The facts facing foster children are hard. Harder still are the fatalistic and fearful faces of the children in the system. Is there hope they will find a forever family? Sure there is! You can be the solution and the Bob Leonard Law Group is ready to work with you side by side along the way.
We often see clients who want to complete their family by becoming a foster adoptive parent. These clients need a resource road map to find their way and stay on course. There are requirements you must meet in order to serve as a foster parent. Your legal team at the Bob Leonard Law Group wishes you all the best. Please let us know if we can help you in any way in your journey to foster adoption. We would be truly honored to work with you.
If you are a Grandparent and are considering adopting your grandchild, please check back next week for more information. If you have an idea for a future topic, please let us know. We always welcome your input.
For more specifics about foster adoption requirements, go to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services website. Here is a link that will take you right to the page you need: http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Adoption_and_Foster_Care/Get_Started/.
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