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1 Corinthians 13:13
"And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

Therapeutic Family Life is searching for families who are willing to foster or adopt children in need, as well as people who are interested in being a temporary caretaker, known as a respite worker. By reading the simple criteria below, find out if you are eligible to be a foster parent. If you are not interested in fostering you can still help by making a donation to help the abused and neglected children of Texas.

Could I foster?
Therapeutic foster care, like parenting, is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Foster children stay in care from a month to several years. Because being separated from birth parents is traumatic (no matter how bad the family situation was), children in foster care frequently require extraordinary parenting in their foster homes. Therapeutic Family Life provides training and support for parents so that a home environment can promote physical, social, spiritual, and emotional growth for the children.

To be considered as a Foster Parent with Therapeutic Family Life, you must:
  • Be a resident of the state of Texas
  • Be a responsible mature, healthy adult capable of meeting the needs of children
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Consent to a criminal background check
  • Have no history of abusing a child
  • Have negative TB test
  • Not be dependent upon the income from foster children to support you or your family
  • Have your own dependable transportation
  • Have a bed for each child
You must also:
  • Pass health and fire inspections conducted on your home
  • Complete the required hours of foster parent training that TFl provides
  • Be willing to abide by a policy of no physical discipline
  • Be willing to abide by Texas agency standards, policies, practices and procedures
Could I be a respite worker?
Being a respite worker is similar to being a "babysitter" or a temporary caretaker for foster children. Due to the special needs of many foster children they are not able to be left alone with people who are not certified and trained to care for them. As a respite worker you can be available to foster parents who need to take a break or need to have the kids supervised in thier absense.

To be considered as a Respite Worker with Therapeutic Family Life, you must:
  • Be a resident of the state of Texas
  • Be a responsible mature, healthy adult capable of meeting the needs of children
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Consent to a criminal background check
  • Have no history of abusing a child
  • Have negative TB test
  • Not be dependent upon the income from foster children to support you or your family
  • Have your own dependable transportation
You must also:
  • Complete the required hours of foster parent training that TFl provides
  • Be willing to abide by a policy of no physical discipline
  • Be willing to abide by Texas agency standards, policies, practices and procedures
Could I adopt?
Therapeutic Family Life supports parents through the process of adopting a child who has been removed by CPS from birth parents with the same training and care that the agency gives to foster parents. In addition, post adoption services such as case management consultation, referrals, and 24 hour crisis intervention are provided.

Most legal costs are paid by the State of Texas, and some CPS children are eligible for adoption subsidies such as a monthly payment and Medicaid.

To apply to Therapeutic Family Life to adopt a child under the managing conservatorship of the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, you must:
  • Be emotionally stable, in good mental and physical health, financially secure, flexible, understanding, and accepting of the background and needs of the adoptive child
  • Be either married or single
  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Consent to a criminal background check
  • Have no history of abusing a child
  • Have a social security number
  • Be able to adapt one's parenting in order to meet the needs of each different child
  • Be able to deal in a firm, yet understanding manner with the turbulent feelings and behavior sometimes shown by adoptive children
  • Understand the need for confidentiality of the adoptive child
  • Be willing to provide training in moral character building
For directions on how to apply to become a Foster or Adoptive Parent, start the application process.

Make a Donation
You can make a financial donation by sending a check made payable to: Therapeutic Family Life. Please note in the memo that the check is for a donation. You will recieve a tax deductible charitable donation letter and a thank you certificate for your contribution.

Please mail your donation check to:
Therapeutic Family Life Donations
1340 Airport Commerce Suite 480
Austin, TX 78741

The Application Process
If you would like to look into being a foster or adoptive parent, or do respite work with foster children, contact the Foster Home Developer in your area.
  • Arlington 1-817-265-2328 Email Arlington
  • Austin 1-800-394-4939 Email Austin
  • Conroe 1-936-756-1800 Email Conroe
  • Houston 1-713-861-1500 Email Houston
  • Kerrville 1-830-257-4734 Email Kerrville
  • Nederland 1-409-722-3000 Email Kerrville
  • San Antonio 1-210-348-6544 Email San Antonio
  • Temple 1-254-773-3313 Email Temple
Step 1:
Write us and request an application packet or download the forms below The Application needs to be filled out for the family; the Questionnaire, Health Status Form, Affidavit, and Consent for Criminal History Check need to be filled out by each individual. Step 2:
Copy these items and send the copies to us with your application packet.
  • Driver's license
  • Social Security card
  • TB test (Foster parent applicants only)
  • Auto insurance
  • Home insurance
  • CPR training card (Foster parent applicants only)
  • First Aid training card (Foster parent applicants only)
Step 3: (Foster Parent Applicants only):
Arrange either with us or a foster family you know to observe a therapeutic level foster family, and fill out observation form. Step 4:
Contact your local office and we will arrange for your training. After attending training, we will conduct a homestudy.
After Hours Placement
(800) 575-5179
Austin Corporate Office
1340 Airport Commerce Suite 480
Austin, TX 78741
(512) 451-7310  FAX (512) 451-0394
Toll Free (800) 394-4939