Some states are highly criticized for their foster care system. Thankfully, Texas’s foster care system is actually improving, especially this past year. For the first time in over a decade, more kids are leaving foster care in Texas than are entering. For 2019, there were more than 6,000 children adopted from Child Protective Services in Texas.
Overall, the number of adoptions has gone up by more than 25% in the last ten years. The state attributes this to the passion and commitment by their staff more than anything else.
One of the great things about this is that more than half of these adoptions were by the children’s relatives. It’s always in the best interests of the children to stay with people they know and love. However, when there aren’t relatives available or qualified to adopt these kids, it’s good to know that there are strangers who are willing to take these kids in and treat them as their own.
Last year, more than 20,000 kids left Texas foster care. This is the most children that have ever left the system. In fact, there were 1,700 more kids who left the system than entered. This is a fantastic ratio.
The end of the year is the busiest month for adoptions. This is because people want to offer a good home to a child during the holidays. In November alone, 400 children were permanently adopted. The numbers were even higher for December.
If you’re looking to either foster or adopt a child in Houston, make sure you call our office. We can help facilitate your adoption and connect you with the State agencies that can help you become a foster parent.