Post-adoption Services

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

All families of children adopted through DFPS can get post-adoption services. This service is available to families along with Title IV-E and state-paid adoption subsidies from DFPS. After a child has been adopted, services are provided to help the child and family:

  • Adjust to the adoption.
  • Cope with any history of abuse of the child.
  • Avoid permanent or long-term removal of children from the adoptive family setting.

Some of the services available are:

  • Information and referral.
  • Casework services and service planning.
  • Parent groups.
  • Parenting programs.
  • Counseling services.
  • Respite care.
  • Residential placement services in critical need situations.
  • Crisis intervention.

Availability of services is dependent on funding and the individual child and family situation.


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
3701 Andrews Highway,
Midland, TX 79703
(432) 570-1084 – Main Line
(432) 570-0027 – Post-Adopt Line
http://centerstx.org/services/post-adoption/

REGION 3 - ARLINGTON AREA

CK Family Services
320 Westway Place, Suite 530
Arlington, TX 76018-1000
(817) 516-9100
https://www.ckfamilyservices.org/programs-and-services/post-adoption/

REGION 5 - BEAUMONT/LUFKIN AREAS

DePelchin Children’s Center
4950 Memorial Dr.
Houston, TX 77007
(888) 730-2335
http://www.depelchin.org/post-adoption/

REGION 6 - HOUSTON AREA

DePelchin Children’s Center
4950 Memorial Dr.
Houston, TX 77007
(888) 730-2335
http://www.depelchin.org/post-adoption/

Arms Wide Adoption Services
6925 Portwest Drive, Ste. 110
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 681-6991, 1-800-460-6298
www.armswide.org

REGION 11 -CORPUS CHRISTI/EDINBURG AREAS

Arms Wide Adoption Services
500 N. Water Street Suite 604, South Tower
Corpus Christi, Texas 78410
361-850-8200, 1-800-460-6298
www.armswide.org


Post-Adoption Liaisons

Region Name Phone
1 Bet Ribordy (806) 742-9412
2 Sandee Tezaguic (940) 235-1936
3 Melody Rockwell (972) 820-1901
4 Lori Sutton-White (903) 233-5212
5 Kelli Slaga (936) 633-3759
6 Dalen DiLieto (713) 394-4290
6 Charline Toney - back-up for Dalen (713) 394-4224
7 Holly Benningfield (512) 289-2456
8 Deborah North (210) 337-3182
9 Khrystal Garcia (432) 368-2446
10 Diana Lopez (915) 521-3804
11 Jesus DeLeon (956) 412-4705

Adoption Assistance

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.

  • 6 years of age or older,
  • 2 years of age or older and a member of a minority group,
  • have a diagnosed handicapping condition, or
  • 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.

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.


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

Adoption Assistance Regional Contacts

Which region is my county in?

Lubbock Region / Region 1

Mary Baker
(806) 742-9444
Lubbock A through L
Deanna Tagle
(806) 741-3217
Lubbock M through Z, plus Armstrong, Briscoe, Carson, Childress, Collingsworth, Dallam, Donley, Floyd, Gray, Hale, Hall, Hansford, Hartley. Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Roberts, Sherman, Wheeler
Patty Wells
(806) 742-9491
Bailey, Castro, Cochran, Crosby, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Garza, Hockley, King, Lamb, Lubbock R through Z, Lynn, Motley, Potter M through Z, Randall M through Z, Swisher, Terry, Yoakum
Jennie Stephenson
(806) 741-3222
Potter A through L, Randall A though L

Abilene Region / Region 2

Kristen Baldwin
(325) 691-8161

Archer, Baylor, Brown, Clay, Cottle, Foard,  Hardeman, Jack, Knox, Montague, Wichita, Wilbarger, Young

Cheryl Hutchinson
(940) 864-1126

Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Fisher, Haskell,  Jones, Kent, Mitchell, Nolan, Runnels, Scurry, Shackelford, Stephens, Stonewall, Taylor, Throckmorton

Arlington Region / Region 3

If the adoptive parent last name begins A-F
Rhonda Gipson
(214) 467-1291
If the adoptive parent last name begins with G-L
Kerris Mcmorris-Marshall
(214) 467-3049
If the adoptive parent last name begins with M-R
Fakesha Solomon-Knighten
(214) 467-3050
If the adoptive parent last name begins with S-Z
Maria Castillo
(214) 467-5221

Tyler Region / Region 4

Betty Moseby
(936) 569-5302

Beaumont Region / Region 5

Paula Gipson
(936) 569-5429

Houston Region / Region 6

If the adoptive parent last name begins with A-C, G-L ,S-U
Tracy Johnson
(713) 394-4121
If the adoptive parent last name begins with D-F, M-R, V-Z
Timiko Simonton
(713) 394-4112

Austin Region / Region 7

Cynthia Nelson
(512) 834-3427

Tad Davis
(512) 289-7078

San Antonio Region / Region 8

If the adoptive parent last name begins with A - Esquivel
Carol L Gutierrez
(210) 337-3375
If the adoptive parent last name begins with Estel- Littrell
Maria Longoria
(210) 337-3278
If the adoptive parent last name begins with Lizama - Rivera
Dona Westerman
(210) 337-3067
If the adoptive parent last name begins with Roberson- Z
Ruth Riojas
(210) 337-3172

Midland/Odessa Region / Region 9

Sandra Bradley-Zapata
(325) 657-8961

El Paso Region / Region 10

Irene Mijares
(915) 521-3873

Edinburg Region / Region 11

Mary Ann Maxwell
(361) 878-3458

Tuition and Fee Waiver

The Texas state tuition and fee waiver provides exemptions at state supported institutions of higher education to certain youth who were formerly in foster care, adopted youth, and youth in permanent managing conservatorship. Learn more.

Federal Income Tax Credit

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.

Options available if you are unable to care for your adopted child

If you find that you are unable to continue parenting your child:

  1. Your first step is to contact your local post-adopt provider, listed above, or other community resources (YES Waiver Inquiry Line by County) to see whether professional intervention can help maintain your family structure. In limited circumstances, your post-adopt provider can help you in seeking the assistance of DFPS to provide out-of-home placement for your child when therapeutic or behavioral needs cannot be met in the family setting, or behaviors are too dangerous to others in the home for the child to live in the home.
    Note: You must reside in Texas and have adopted directly from DFPS in order for your post-adopt provider to explore this option with DFPS.
  2. Other legal options could include transferring legal custody to a relative or seeking a private adoption. According to Texas Family Code, §162.026 it is illegal to informally transfer the custody of an adopted child to a person, unless the person is a relative or stepparent of the child or an adult who has a significant long-standing relationship with the child, or the transfer of custody is a formal transfer of custody of the child through a court.