Foster & Adopt

iStock_000034062542_LargeThe Austin Children’s Shelter Foster and Adopt Program provides foster care, adoption services and kinship care to families in Central Texas. With extensive training and an experienced staff Austin Children’s Shelter has developed a program that offers superior supports for foster, kinship, and adoptive families. We use a trauma-informed, trust–based curriculum that helps create a healing and therapeutic environment for the children and youth we serve. The goal is to create and support placements that will last. Austin Children’s Shelter helps your family thrive by utilizing:

  • Pre-placement & on-going training
  • 24-hour on-call support for families
  • Enhanced, reliable access to respite care
  • Access to on-site medical and therapeutic staff
  • Team support to help meet the children’s individual needs

Next Orientations

Orientations are held monthly on the Austin Children’s Shelter campus at 4800 Manor Road, Austin, TX 78723 from 6 – 8pm. Please RSVP using this form.

View all upcoming orientation dates on the events calendar.


Why should I foster or adopt through Austin Children's Shelter?

At Austin Children’s Shelter, we have been responding to the individual needs of children who have experienced trauma and loss, whom we can provide a continuum of care from our trained and caring staff. Our commitment to providing the best possible care for children and youth extends to our foster, adoptive and kinship parents through a robust and responsive support system.

Who can be a foster or adoptive parent?

Most anyone over the age of 24 who can pass a criminal background check and provide a safe and supportive home can become a foster or adoptive parent.

Becoming a foster or adoptive parent

Becoming a foster or adoptive parent will be both rewarding and challenging. Prospective foster and adoptive parents must meet certain requirements that include an orientation, training and a home study. The process takes two to six months to complete.

Support for foster or adoptive parents

We understand that as a foster or adoptive parent you will need support and training to help you. Austin Children’s Shelter’s Foster & Adopt Program will be with you each step of the way and offers 24-hour support, extensive training, respite services, home visits and more. Learn more about Support for Foster and Adoptive Parents.

View our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

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