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
1004 N. Big Spring Str., Ste. 325
Midland, TX 79701
(432) 570-1084 – Main Line
(432) 570-0027 – Post-Adopt Line
http://www.centerstx.org/postadoption.php

REGION 3 - ARLINGTON AREA

Covenant Kids, Inc.
320 Westway Place, Suite 530
Arlington, TX 76018-1000
(817) 516-9100
http://covenantkids.org/adoption/post-adopt-services/

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/

Spaulding for Children
6925 Portwest Drive, Ste. 110
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 681-6991 Ext. 108
http://www.spauldingforchildren.org/post-adoption/

REGION 11 -CORPUS CHRISTI/EDINBURG AREAS

Spaulding for Children
500 N. Water St., Ste. 604
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
(361) 850-8200 and (800) 460-6298
http://www.spauldingforchildren.org/post-adoption/


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 Pat Johnson (713) 394-4278
6     Dalen DiLieto - back-up for Pat (713) 394-4290
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.


Adoption Assistance 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

Deanna Tagle
806-741-3217
Armstrong, Briscoe, Carson, Childress, Collingsworth, Dallam, Donley, Floyd, Gray, Hale, Hall, Hansford, Hartley. Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Lubbock M through Z, Moore, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Roberts, Sherman, Wheeler

Mary Baker
806-742-9444
Lubbock A through L

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

Charles Booz
325-691-8161
   

Arlington Region / Region 3

If the adoptive parent last name begins A-F
Jordan Haddock
214-331-7700 ext. 1291
If the adoptive parent last name begins with G-L
Yalonda Booker
214-331-7700 ext. 3049
If the adoptive parent last name begins with M-S
vacant
214-331-7700 ext. 3050
If the adoptive parent last name begins with T-Z
vacant
214-331-7700 ext. 3055

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-F
Barbara Howard
713-394-4120
If the adoptive parent last name begins with G-L
Tracy Johnson
713-394-4121
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
Melody Miller
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 - Cantrell
Carol L Gutierrez
210-337-3375
If the adoptive parent last name begins with Cantu - Highland
Maria Longoria
210-337-3278
If the adoptive parent last name begins with Hightower - Quintanilla
Dona Westerman
210-337-3067
If the adoptive parent last name begins with Ouintero - Z
Ruth Riojas
210-337-3172

Midland/Odessa Region / Region 9

Cheryl Hutchinson
940-864-1126
   

El Paso Region / Region 10

Irene Mijares
915-521-3873
   

Edinburg Region / Region 11

Mary E Lopez
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.