Texas post-adoption support

Below are post-adoption support services available to families who live in Texas. Services may not be available in all areas and/or may be dependent upon the circumstances of the placement. Please check with your post-adoption services provider about the availability of specific post-adoption or guardianship support services for your family. You can also visit Child Welfare Information Gateway for information on Adoption and Guardianship Assistance, as well as additional information on post-adoption support

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Post-adoption support services

In Texas, adoptive families have access to the following services through a post-adoption support program:

  • Child/youth assessment of needs and strengths
  • Information (websites, fact sheets, articles, etc.)
  • Navigation, advocacy, referral to services
  • Training/other development
  • Peer support for parents
  • Peer support for children/teens
  • Case management
  • Education support/advocacy
  • Respite care
  • Camps, retreats, events
  • Community-based therapeutic services
  • In-home therapeutic services
  • Residential therapeutic services
  • Crisis intervention

Birth family mediation and adoption search may also be available if agreed upon by the provider and adoptive family.

Who is eligible for these services?

  • Families who have adopted from the state’s foster care system.
  • Families who took guardianship from the state’s foster care system are currently eligible for services in regions 6 and 11. Services available to guardianship families may vary slightly from the services available to adoptive families.       

Information and referral services are typically available to all adoptive families, including those who have adopted from other states. 

Who provides these services?

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services contracts with private agencies to provide services to adoptive families throughout the state’s 11 regions. For information about which provider serves your region and contact information for your region’s post-adoption liaison, please visit the state’s Adoption Support Program website.

Parent support groups

Below are support groups for adoptive, kinship, and foster families. Support groups may be offered as part of a state’s post-adoption/guardianship support program, through a statewide or regional foster or adoptive parent association, through specific agencies, or may be run independently. If we have additional information about the group’s purpose or the community served, it’s provided under the group’s contact information.

To add a group or make a suggestion, email the AdoptUSKids family support team.

Statewide associations

Texas Foster Family Association

Council on Adopted Children of Texas

Parent groups

Abrazo Adoption Associates
Location: San Antonio

ACH Child & Family Services
Location: Fort Worth

Adoption Angels, Inc.
Location: San Antonio

Adoption Knowledge Affiliates
Location: Austin

Adoption Priorities, Inc.
Location: San Antonio

Location: Dallas

Alternatives In Motion
Location: Spring

Austin Council on Adoptable Children
Location: Austin

Bennett Chapel Support Group
Location: Center

Casa De Esperanza
Location: Houston

Centers for Children & Families
Location: Midland

Child Placement Center of Texas
Location: Killeen

Children of All Nations
Location: Austin

Children's Connections, Inc.
Location: Lubbock

Chosen Ones Ministry
Location: Keller

Dallas Minority Adoption Council
Location: Dallas

DePelchin Children's Center
Location: Houston

El Paso Area Foster and Adoptive Parent Association
Phone: (915) 598-5891
Location: El Paso

Embrace Waiting Children Inc.
Location: McKinney

Family Services of El Paso - Post Adoption
Location: El Paso

Foster-Adopt Parent Support Network
Location: San Antonio

Gladney Center for Adoption
Location: Fort Worth

Hope Cottage, Inc.
Location: Dallas

Johnson County Foster / Adoptive Family Association
Location: Burleson

Little Miracles International, Inc.
Location: Amarillo

Presbyterian Children's Home and Services
Location: Austin

Settlement Club Home CPA
Location: Austin

Location: Irving

Texas Baptist Home for Children
Location: Waxahachie

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Location: Austin

The Children's Home of Lubbock
Location: Lubbock

The Children's Shelter
Location: San Antonio