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Contact Us

TARE Headquarters

Local contacts for questions about approval process to foster and/or adopt

Texas regions

If you are not approved to foster/adopt and have specific questions, contact your regional representative (see chart right).

Please note: Using email may produce a quicker response (click on contact name).

Region Contact Phone

Erin Baxter, Saint Francis Ministries

(806) 317-5631
2 Herb Brister
(940) 521-5028

Region 3 Recruitment
Kristen Sultemeier
Immanuel Harris

OC-OK Recruitment
Chelsea Pound

(817) 792-4409
(940) 268-9175
(469) 346-9135

(817) 502-1395


Candice Howard

(903) 927-0311

Melissa LaFleur

(409) 755-4636
ext. 2243


Elizabeth Bolling (Harris County)
Michele Broussard Harris County)
Harryl Hale (Outlying Counties)

(713) 394-4227
(713) 394-4262
(281) 847-7061

7 Region 7 Recruitment
Christina Garza
(512) 751-7946

Inquiry Line
Diana Menchaca

(210) 337-3117
(210) 508-2320

9 Miranda Smith
Inquiry Line
(325) 315-8247
(325) 657-8944

Angelica Simpson
Bianca Avila

(915) 521-3970
(915) 521-3870


Debra Garcia

(361) 878-7525
SO Statewide (800) 233-3405

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When You Hear About Children in the News

It is a sad fact that children are too often in the news because they have become victims of abuse, neglect, abandonment, or other terrible crimes. Naturally, these situations create an outpouring of concern from the general public. People of good conscience want to know what will happen to these children after Child Protective Services obtains legal custody. Most of all they want to know what they can do to help.

Many caring adults are motivated to become the foster or adoptive parents of the children they see featured in the news. However, the process for these children is to immediately place them with existing, certified foster parents while their cases are investigated.

Next Steps by Child Protective Services

If these children cannot be returned to their parents the next alternative is to reunite them with other relatives who may be located or may come forward. Placing children with people they know is best because it may help ease the trauma and sense of loss they have experienced.

Sometimes, however, these options are not viable and the court may choose to terminate the birth family’s legal rights. In these cases the children then become available for adoption.

In Texas, more than 60 percent of foster parents adopt the children in their care once the children become legally available for adoption. Therefore, there is a chance that foster parents will adopt some of the children you see in the news.

If the foster family does not wish to adopt them, Child Protective Services will search for other adoptive families and the children may be listed in the Texas Adoption Resource Exchange (TARE). This photo listing makes it possible for any approved adoptive family in the U.S. to submit a form expressing their interest in the children.

How You Can Help

Please review the steps to become a foster or adoptive family in our Get Started section. There, you will find an overview of the foster/adopt program, the steps involved, and the requirements to become a foster or adoptive family.

You may also want to volunteer with our agency. Our web site includes a list of volunteer opportunities, along with a listing of the volunteer coordinators in your region.

You may be interested in making a donation of clothing, school supplies, toys, or other items to help the children you see in the news; or perhaps this child’s needs are being taken care of and you would like to help one of the many other children who are waiting. If so, please contact the Community Initiatives Specialist in your region - they will connect you with an organization near you that provides resources to our children.

Thank you for your concern and interest in helping “children in the news.” It is individuals and families like you who make a difference in the lives of children who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in very difficult situations and in need of loving and caring families to call their own.

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Become a foster or adoptive family

Texas Residents. Visit the Get Started section to learn more, or leave a message on the statewide foster/adopt toll-free inquiry line, (800) 233-3405.

Non-Texas Residents. Texas works with interested families from other states. However, we cannot approve or develop home studies on families outside Texas. We encourage you to get approved to foster or adopt within your state first. Find your State Adoption Website.

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Inquire about a child you saw in our photo listings

Families with current home studies. After creating a log in account and completing your family profile, click on "View Waiting Children" to search children waiting for their forever family. From the child's profile you will be able to submit your inquiry.

Families without current home studies. See Become a foster or adoptive family (above).

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Ask questions about adoption or foster care

- please send your questions via e-mail -

Questions about... Contact Title
TARE Children

Julia Toney
Toya Rocha

TARE Program Specialists
Foster Care Policy Jennifer Teele Texas Foster Care Specialist
Foster Care Billing
Regina Buchannon
Texas Foster Care Billing Specialist
Adoption Policy Sarah Sullivan Adoption Program Specialist
Adoption Subsidy LaTasha Henry Texas Subsidy Specialist
Child Care Licensing Myrna Amaya Child Care Licensing Specialist
Kinship Care Anna McArtor Kinship Care Specialist
PAL Services Sharee Hamlin Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) Specialist
TARE website Julia Toney
Toya Rocha
TARE Program Specialists

Note: Children come into the care of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) due to abuse or neglect. Therefore, families who foster or adopt children through the agency should have an understanding or be willing to learn the dynamics of neglect or physical or sexual abuse.

Notice: The assistance and services of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) are available to anyone without regard to age, race, marital status, color, religion, sex, disability, national origin, or political belief. If you feel that you have been discriminated against, you may complain to the Equal Opportunity and Client Compliance Section.

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