Adoption Support Services

Adopted children who have suffered abuse or neglect often need help coping with the effects of abuse and the loss of their birth family.

DFPS contracts with private agencies to provide post adoption services to adopted children and their families, including:

  • case management/service planning,
  • mental health,
  • therapeutic services to children and families,
  • parent training,
  • support groups, and
  • respite care for adoptive parents.

Adoption support is available to many families who adopt certain children with special needs to offset some of the costs of supporting and legally adopting and supporting these children. Assistance is available to help with the child's medical and financial needs.

Eligibility

The child and placement must meet certain eligibility requirements to receive adoption assistance.

  • At the time of the adoptive placement the child must have been 6 years of age or older,
  • 2 years of age or older and
  • a member of a minority group, member of a sibling group being placed together for adoption or
  • have a diagnosed handicapping condition,
  • member of a sibling group or joining a sibling in adoption.

The adoption assistance agreement must be entered into and signed before the adoption is legally complete. You will want to discuss all the eligibility and application requirements with your adoption agency.

Who can get assistance?

Assistance is available to both children in the care of the state and certain children in the care of private, nonprofit licensed adoption agencies.

In addition, some adoptive families may be eligible for federal income tax credits that help offset the cost of adoption. Check with IRS or your tax advisor to see if your adoption qualifies.

Reimbursement Program

The non-recurring adoption expenses program provides a one-time payment to reimburse adoptive families for some of the costs of legally adopting children with special needs. A family's expenses may be covered as much as $1,200 for each child with special needs. Receipts are necessary to determine reimbursement. Reimbursement is only made after the adoption is completed by the court. There are other eligibility requirements, so you will want to discuss the criteria with your adoption agency.

Post-adoption Services

Post-adoption services are available to families of children adopted through DFPS and for families receiving Title IV-E and state-paid adoption subsidies from DFPS. After consummation of the adoption, services are provided through contracts to help the child and family

  • adjust to the adoption,
  • cope with any history of abuse of the child, and
  • avoid permanent or long-term removal of children from the adoptive family setting.

Available services include information and referral; casework services and service planning; parent groups; parenting programs; counseling services; respite care; residential placement services in critical need situations; and crisis intervention. Availability of services is dependent on funding and the individual child and family situation.


Regional Contacts

Which region is my county in?

Map of Texas showing DFPS regions
Region 1 Offices Region 2 Offices Region 3 Offices Region 4 Offices Region 5 Offices Region 6 Offices Region 7 Offices Region 8 Offices Region 9 Offices Region 10 Offices Region 11 Offices Lubbock Region / Region 1

Cathy Lindsay
806-367-2982

Armstrong, Briscoe, Carson, Childress, Collingsworth, Dallam, Donley, Floyd, Gray, Hale, Hall, Hansford, Hartley. Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Lubbock M through Q, Moore, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Roberts, Sherman, Wheeler

Mary Baker

806-742-9444
Lubbock A through L
Patty Wells
806-368-2611
Bailey, Castro, Cochran, Crosby, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Garza, Hockley, King, Lamb, Lubbock R through Z, Lynn, Motley, Swisher, Terry, Yoakum
Brooke Ham
806-742-9450
Potter and Randall counties

Abilene Region / Region 2

Charles Booz
325-691-8161
   

Arlington Region / Region 3

If the adoptive parent last name begins A-F
Maria Castillo
214-331-7700 ext. 1291
If the adoptive parent last name begins with G-L
Lakisha Coleman
214-331-7700 ext. 3049
If the adoptive parent last name begins with M-S
Loretta Thomas
214-331-7700 ext. 3050
If the adoptive parent last name begins with T-Z
Vanette Early
214-331-7700 ext. 3055

Tyler Region / Region 4

Betty Moseby
936-569-5302
   

Beaumont Region / Region 5

Janis Rice
936-569-5429
   

Houston Region / Region 6

If the adoptive parent last name begins with A-F
Barbara Howard
713-394-4120
If the adoptive parent last name begins with G-L
Beverly Yates
713-394-4113
If the adoptive parent last name begins with M-R
Timiko Simonton
713-394-4112
If the adoptive parent last name begins with S-Z
Nora Hamilton
713-394-4106

Austin Region / Region 7

If the adoptive parent last name begins with A-L
Ivette Santos
254-939-4290
If the adoptive parent last name begins with M-Z
Colette Mitchell
254-939-4291

San Antonio Region / Region 8

If the adoptive parent last name begins with A-Fernandez
Maribel Charnichart
210-337-3375
If the adoptive parent last name begins with Ferniz-Losoya
Maria Longoria
210-337-3278
If the adoptive parent last name begins with Loth-Robles
Dona Westerman
210-337-3067
If the adoptive parent last name begins with Rocha-Z
Ruth Riojas
210-337-3172

Midland/Odessa Region / Region 9

Charles Booz
325-691-8161
   

El Paso Region / Region 10

Irene Mijares
915-521-3739
   

Edinburg Region / Region 11

Mary E Lopez
361-878-3458
   

Post-Adoption Liaisons

Region Name Phone
1 Betty Ribordy 806-742-9412
2 Paula Moore 325-365-5733
3 Melody Rockwell 214-951-7902
4 Kristi Stephens 903-927-0321
5 Jennifer Vincent 409-951-3498
6 Pat Johnson (Backup: Wyndi McPeters) Pat=713-394-4278; Wyndi=733-944-4034
7 Stefenie White 512-834-3828
8 Deborah North 210-337-3182
9 Paula Moore 325-365-5733
10 Claudia Munoz 915-521-3804
11 Rose Banda 361-878-7411

Post-adoption Services Providers

REGIONS 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10 - LUBBOCK, ABILENE, TYLER, AUSTIN, SAN ANTONIO, MIDLAND/ODESSA, EL PASO AREAS

Centers for Children and Families
1004 N. Big Spring Str., Ste. 325
Midland, TX 79701
(432) 570-1084

REGION 3 - ARLINGTON AREA

Centers for Children and Families
1004 N. Big Spring Str., Ste. 325
Midland, TX 79701
(432) 570-1084

Lutheran Social Services of the South
8305 Cross Park Drive
Austin, TX 78754
(512) 706-7526

REGION 5 - BEAUMONT/LUFKIN AREAS

DePelchin Children’s Center
4950 Memorial Dr.
Houston, TX 77007
(888) 730-2335

REGION 6 - HOUSTON AREA

DePelchin Children’s Center
4950 Memorial Dr.
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 802-3897
(888) 730-2335

Spaulding for Children
8582 Katy Freeway, Ste. 100
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 681-6991 Ext. 108

REGION 11 -CORPUS CHRISTI/EDINBURG AREAS

Spaulding for Children
8582 Katy Freeway, Ste 100
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 681-6991, ext. 108