The purpose of Foster Care redesign is to improve the well-being of children in foster care, as well as keeping them connected to their siblings and communities and closer to their homes. The redesign relies on a single contractor assigned to a geographic area who is responsible for finding foster homes or appropriate living arrangements, and providing a full continuum of services for children living in state care. Their guiding principles include:

 

  • Above all, children and youth are safe from abuse and neglect in their foster-care.
  • Children and youth are placed in their home communities.
  • Reduce the number of times children move between foster homes.
  • Children and youth are appropriately served in the least restrictive environment.
  • Connections to family and others important to the child are maintained.
  • Children and youth are placed with their siblings.
  • Services respect the child’s culture.
  • Youth are fully prepared for successful adulthood and are provided opportunities, experiences, and activities similar to those experienced peers who are not in foster care.
  • Youth are provided opportunities to participate in decisions that impact their lives.

 

Foster Care Redesign was developed based on the recommendations of more than 3,000 stakeholders that included people formerly or currently in foster care. The transition happens in stages, delineated by DFPS Regions where the changes are taking place. DFPS Regions are numbered 1-11, and the first stage of transition occurred in regions 2 and 9 (largely North and West Texas; mostly rural). The second area includes seven metropolitan counties in Region 3. Click here for a map of the DFPS regions. For more information, review the Foster Care Redesign page of the Department of Family and Protective Services’ site.