What is Fostering Connections?

The federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-351) was signed into law on October 7, 2008. "Fostering Connections," as the bill is commonly known, will improve the lives of children and youth in foster care and increase the likelihood that they will be able to leave the foster care system to live permanently with relative caregivers or adoptive families. The law accomplishes this by extending and providing services for relatives, children in foster care, tribal nations, and adoptive families.

DFPS Response to Individual Items:

Support for Relative Caregivers

Improve Outcomes for Children in Foster Care

Improve Incentives for Adoptive Families

Adoption Incentive / Extended Adoption Assistance

Texas has been receiving adoption incentive funds for several years. The number of consummated adoptions has continued to grow.

Assistance payments for adoption assistance or Permanency Care Assistance that continue up to time the young person turns 21 if agreements for such assistance payments were finalized after the young person turned 16, if the young adult is engaged in certain education or vocational activities.

Promotion of Adoption with Special Needs / Eligibility Issues

DFPS has made automation changes to adjust for the gradual elimination of the Title IV-E income requirements for adoption assistance.

Tax Credits

Information about adoption tax credits is provided in the PRE-service training for foster and adoptive parents.

Additional Information About Fostering Connections

Send requests for information to: fosteringconnections@dfps.state.tx.us.