At A World For Children (AWFC), it’s our mission to serve at-risk children and families by providing quality services focusing on prevention, support, assessment, therapeutic intervention, and permanency. Our foster care and adoption programs are created to meet the needs of Dallas’ most vulnerable members of society.
A World For Children is a Christian, state-licensed, non-profit, foster care agency in Dallas dedicated to assisting the entire family through ongoing support and training provided by our dedicated team. We believe that all children deserve to live in a safe and caring environment.
As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, AWFC works with over 1,000 children each year to provide each child with a quality of life unmatched by another. We provide ongoing monitoring and evaluation of agency processes at every location to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of our services. Respect, dignity, and excellence are at the heart of everything we do and find their way into all of our services at A World For Children.
Becoming a Foster Parent
There are a variety of ways that you can provide a child with a quality life. One such way is to become a foster parent. Anyone interested in this route should first review the Dallas foster care qualifications. These qualifications include but are not limited to:
- Age limits (AWFC requires candidates to be 24 or older)
- Employment status (Proof of income)
- No criminal history
The next step to take is to contact a Dallas foster care agency. A World For Children is an excellent resource for information regarding the process.
Our team of specialists can assist you through the entire process. To start the process, you’ll need to submit an application and agree to a background check. From there, you’ll receive the necessary training needed to properly care for a foster child, including CPR and first aid.
Before a child is placed into your home, your specialist will complete a home inspection to make sure your home is a safe environment. After you’ve completed all these steps, you’ll need to wait for your foster specialist to reach out with a placement.
Contact A World For Children for more information or start your application today!
The Foster-to-Adopt Process
Another possible choice you can make regarding caring for a child is the foster-to-adopt option. Families who choose this route must first become foster parents. If the child they are fostering becomes eligible for adoption, the family may then pursue this option.
During this process, you can expect full transparency from our team regarding the progress of your application. We aim to ensure that it is an absolutely ideal fit for both the family and the child before we pursue this route. Families should approach this decision with utmost care and caution as this is a serious choice that can leave a lasting impact on a child.
If fostering-to-adopt is a route you’d like to take, contact a Dallas foster care agency like A World For Children to learn more about what this process entails.
The final option is to adopt a child. A private adoption agency in Dallas is often the best route for this placement option. When applying for adoption, you’ll be asked to verify that you meet all requirements and provide additional information, such as:
- Age (you must be 21 years or older)
- Employment status (source of income)
- Relationship status
- Lifestyle information (for matching purposes)
- Background information
- Medical information
- Adoption preference (open, semi-open, or closed)
If you’re choosing to adopt before fostering, you’ll be contacted by the chosen adoption agency in Dallas, such as Texas Adoption Center, to ensure you meet all criteria. Since this process is a bit more complex than becoming a foster parent, you’ll be paired with an adoption specialist that will walk you through each step and answer any questions you have along the way.
From there, you’ll need to complete a background check, at least one interview, and a home inspection to ensure that you can provide a child with a safe and stable home.
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