Foster & Adoption Program
Thank you for your interest in our Foster & Adoption Program. The Settlement Home for Children has a 100-year history of helping children and young adults across the state. We have a 10-year history of providing foster and adoptive services, in addition to the 24-hour care we provide. We work with Child Protective Services (CPS) case workers, CASAs, legal teams, families and kinship to provide permanence, safety and well-being for children in foster care. According to Child Protective Services, positive permanency is an outcome in which a child exits the care of Department of Family and Protective Services into a permanent setting that includes reunification with family, kinship placement or adoption. Every child has the right to a permanent and stable home, even during their tenure in foster care. There is no adequate substitute for stable, permanent family ties. Both foster and adoptive families provide the child with a sense of belonging and connection to the larger world.
At The Settlement Home, our goal is to provide this positive permanency for every child that comes into our care. To take it one step further, it is our hope that when we place a child into an adoptive family, it is his or her last step in the journey through foster care. We hope to have final placements with 100% of our children. Click here to learn more about permanence.
The Settlement Home locates, screens, trains and verifies potential foster and adoptive parents to become providers with us. At this time, we are only able to serve families within a 1 hour radius of our facility. Our staff provides continuing education and development for those chosen to serve and is on-call to provide support, respite care and crisis intervention when needed. Monthly reimbursement and medical coverage is provided. Therapy referral services are covered by the agency for every person in need.
If you are interested in joining hands with us to learn more about being a foster or adoptive parent, please email [email protected] or call (512) 832-1252.
Over 60% of children who are adopted from the foster-care system are adopted by their foster parents. Many parents enter foster parenting hoping to eventually add to their family through adoption; others find that a foster child had just become an irreplaceable part of their home. Some parents desire to adopt a child whose parents’ rights are already terminated and are waiting in a foster-home for a family who can offer them a family and home for a lifetime. The Settlement Home adoption program offers our adoptive parents pre-adoption training and walks with our families through the home study and matching process, the first months of adjustment in the home, and helps our families navigate through the legal process to finalize the adoption.