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2017-05-11

Seeking Foster and Adoptive Parents in Bandera County

Barbara Brischetto BCCWB

Each year children in Bandera County are removed from their homes because of neglect, abuse or abandonment.
Child and Protective Services (CPS) places them temporarily in foster homes with the intention of reunifying them with their biological families when the issues which caused them to be placed into foster care are resolved. An adoptive parent makes a permanent commitment to children who cannot be reunified with their birth family.
May is designated as National Foster Care Month. Bandera County Child Welfare Board is seeking to expand the number of qualified foster and adoptive parents locally so that children are saved the trauma of relocating to different schools and losing contact with their familiar environment and culture.
It is not necessary to be a home owner, married or rich to be a foster or adoptive parent. Most importantly is the ability to provide a child with a safe, nurturing, stable environment. Basic requirements include being at least 21 years of age, passing a criminal background check and being financially stable.
The first step for anyone interested in learning how to become a foster and/or adoptive parent would be to attend a CPS informational meeting to acquire basic information and ask questions. These meetings are held on the first Saturday of every month, 9:30-11 am, and the third Thursday, 6-7:30 pm, at the CPS office located at 3635 SE Military Dr. in San Antonio, 210-337-3117. There is also one scheduled for Hondo at 5pm on July 25 at 410 Carter and one in Boerne on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 5 pm at 216 Market Ave. There is no charge and no reservation needed.
Financial reimbursement to foster families and medical/dental coverage varies depending on the needs of the child in your care, but the average foster family receives approximately $700/month to allay expenses incurred.
Foster parents state that the most rewarding aspect of their role is the difference one makes in a vulnerable child’s life. Foster care can save a life.