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:
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.