Foster adoption: How to adopt a child or sibling group from the U.S. foster care system
Gladney assists the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services by recruiting loving adoptive homes for children currently waiting in the Texas state foster care system. Most of these children are over the age of seven and have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect.
Neither Gladney nor the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services charges any fees to adopt a child in the custody of Child Protective Services. The State of Texas also ofers ongoing fnancial assistance for eligible children, including healthcare benefts, a monthly stipend and a college tuition waiver to public universities in Texas.
Adopting an Older Child
Children 7 years and older may become available for adoption when a birth family can no longer meet the needs of the child. Poverty and the health condition of the caregivers often play a role in the decision of the birth family to plan adoption through Gladney. These situations arise on a limited basis, and fees are largely underwritten by Gladney fundraising efforts.
Gladney’s New Beginning Program offers:
- Guidance from experienced staff
- Experienced and respected legal staff
- Membership in a parent support group
- Specialized parenting education including Gladney's Pathways Training
- Post-placement support services
Couples interested in adopting through Gladney’s New Beginnings Program should be open to the following:
- Currently in state foster care in Texas and available for straight adoption
- An older child, 7 years old and older, available for adoption
- Sibling groups with children ranging in ages of 5 and older
- Minority children
- Medically challenged
New Beginnings is a highly specialized program involving unique and challenging situations. Families are selected based on:
- Ability to provide the love, care and experience necessary for each individual child’s needs
- Prepared to procure the needed medical resources. Gladney’s staf will assist in the attainment of subsidies for qualifying children