Foster parents provide temporary care for children, ranging in age from infancy to 18. These children have been removed from his or her home and deserve a safe, stable and loving home in this turbulent time. Panhandle Child Placement Services wants to partner with couples or individuals seeking to provide for these kids.
Facing the foster care system alone can be daunting. Panhandle Child Placement Services will prepare you and help you navigate through the child welfare system with licensing, step- by – step training and child selection. We use Good Child Placement Practices; always placing a child, as if in our own home. Panhandle Child Placement services is an advocate for children and the parents opening their homes.
Permanency is reached when a child enters into a permanent living situation with an adult deemed fit by the court. This often occurs when a child is returned, or reunified, to the birth parents or immediate family member. If reunification isn’t reached after 18 months, then an alternative plan is developed for the child, often including adoption.
Children that turn 18 and "age out" of the foster care system without being adopted face dire challenges. 25% will become homeless within two years, 25% will become part of the criminal justice system and only 3% will go on to earn a four-year college degree. This is why permanency is so important for our youth.
For more information on foster to adopt opportunities click or call Panhandle Child Placement Services at 806-342-5550.
Every parent seeking to foster or adopt must be licensed. Panhandle Child Placement Services is with you every step of the way. To begin this process download this form and bring it in to your first appointment with us.
If you meet the basic requirements and the forms are completed, we can begin trainings. We provide the state required Parent Resource Information Development (PRIDE) training for all other agencies throughout the Panhandle, including our potential parents.
After training, is a Home Study. Panhandle Child Placement Services observes the dynamics of your home to select a child (or children, depending on your preference) that will thrive in your home.
During the screening process begins. CPS provides information on the children in need of foster care and based on parent/ staff meetings, the Home Study and Panhandle Child Placement's experience, we filter the list for children that will fit in your home. Once a compatible child is found, we will contact you, the potential foster parent(s), and do a "reading" providing the child's basic information.
Following the reading is a prescreening weekend preplacement. This allows everyone to do a trial-run to see if a child and parent are compatible.
During the entire process, training, reading, prescreening weekend preplacement, there is no commitment and no pressure. The most successful homes are those were the child and parents’ needs are met.