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.
Regions 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 10 including the Beaumont, Lufkin, Lubbock, Abilene, Tyler, Austin, San Antonio, Midland/Odessa, and 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
Region 3 including the Dallas, Ft. Worth, and Arlington areas
CK Family Services
320 Westway Place, Suite 530
Arlington, TX 76018-1000
Region 6 including the Houston area
Arms Wide Adoption Services
6925 Portwest Drive, Suite 110
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 681-6991, 1-800-460-6298
Region 11 including the Corpus Christi and Edinburg areas
Arms Wide Adoption Services
500 N. Water Street Suite 604, South Tower
Corpus Christi, TX 78410
(361) 850-8200, 1-800-460-6298
|1||Rachael DeVries||(806) 570-5302|
|1||Molly Wells (backup)||(806) 354-6283|
|2||Marilyn Morgan||(940) 550-4253|
|3||Melody Rockwell||(972) 820-1901|
|4||Stephanie Moore||(903) 393-5799|
|5||Marlee Duong||(936) 221-6755|
|6||Dalen DiLieto||(713) 394-4290|
|6||Charline Toney (backup)||(713) 394-4224|
|6||Tapatha Richard (backup)||(409) 504-6380|
|7 (Travis/Williamson & south counties)||Holly Benningfield||(512) 289-2456|
|7 (Bell & north counties)||Andrea Barnett||(254) 717-8562|
|8||Patricia Magdaleno||(210) 337 3459|
|9 (Permain Basin)||John Schkade||(325) 262-0700|
|9 (Concho Valley)||Sylvia Morin||(325) 262-1978|
|10||Diana Lopez||(915) 521-3804|
|11||Cynthia Vera||(361) 816-3820|
Adoption assistance 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. [learn more]
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.
Assistance is available to both children in the care of the state and certain children in the care of private, nonprofit licensed adoption agencies.
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
Potter, Deaf Smith, Moore, Childress, Gray, Hutchinson, Dallam, Sherman, Hansford, Ochiltree, Lipscomb, Harley, Robert, Hemphill, Oldham, Carson, Wheeler, Randall, Armstrong, Donley, Collingsworth, Parmer, Hall
Castro, Swisher, Briscoe, Bailey, Lamb, Hale, Floyd, Motley, Cochran, Hockley, Lubbock, Crosby, Dickens, King, Yoakum, Terry, Lynn, Garza
Archer, Baylor, Brown, Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Clay, Cottle, Foard, Hardeman, Jack, Jones Knox, Montague, Wichita, Wilbarger, Young
Callahan, Coleman, Comanche, Eastland, Fisher, Haskell, Kent, Mitchell, Nolan, Runnels, Scurry, Shackelford, Stephens, Stonewall, Taylor A-M, Throckmorton
If the adoptive parent last name begins A-F, U, or V
If the adoptive parent last name begins with G-L or T
If the adoptive parent last name begins with M-S
If the adoptive parent last name begins with W-Z
If the adoptive parent last name begins with A-C or G-L
If the adoptive parent last name begins with D-F or M-R
If the adoptive parent last name begins with B or S-Z
If the adoptive parent last name begins with A-L
If the adoptive parent last name begins with M-Z
If the adoptive parent last name begins with A-DavisBianca Elizondo
If the adoptive parent last name begins with Day- Henson
If the adoptive parent last name begins with Hernandez- Moeller
If the adoptive parent last name begins with Mojica-Ruiz
If the adoptive parent last name begins with Roberson-Z
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.