SAFE’s Foster and Adopt in Austin program provides foster care, adoption services, and kinship care to families in Central Texas. With extensive training and an experienced staff, SAFE 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. Our goal is to create and support placements that will last.
How SAFE helps foster and adoptive families thrive:
- Pre-placement and ongoing 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 children’s individual needs
Orientations are held monthly at the SAFE Children’s Shelter, 4800 Manor Rd., Building A. For specific dates and to RSVP, please use this form.
Frequently asked questions about fostering and adopting through SAFE
Why should I foster or adopt through SAFE?
We respond to the individual needs of children who have experienced trauma and loss by providing a continuum of care from our trained, passionate 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?
Almost anyone 25 years or older who can pass a criminal background check and provide a safe and supportive home can become a foster or adoptive parent.
What is it like 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 requirements that include an orientation, training, and home study.
How long will the foster/adopt process take?
The process takes two to six months to complete.
What support do you offer for foster or adoptive parents?
We understand that as a foster or adoptive parent you will need support and training. SAFE’s Foster & Adopt program will be with you every step of the way and offers 24-hour support, extensive training, respite services, home visits, and more.