Step 1: Receive and Complete our Application Questionnaire
You may request an Questionnaire by contacting our office or download the Questionnaire HERE. You may submit your completed Questionnaire to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 2: Attend Loving Houston’s Orientation and Pre-Service Training Classes
Regardless of whether you are interested in fostering or adopting, we require each of our families to attend our Pre-Service classes, offered each quarter. You will find information on our next set of classes HERE. These classes will provide you with invaluable information on topics such as Infant Care, Sexual Abuse, and Behavioral Interventions. This is also a chance for you to get to know who we are as a ministry and what our heart is for the city of Houston. These training classes are your first step to becoming a licensed foster/adopt home.
Step 3: Complete the Application Process
You will receive the remainder of Loving Houston’s application and paperwork packet at our training classes. We must receive each completed form before you are qualified to receive a Home Study. Take note: the paperwork typically takes 4-6 weeks to complete and includes references, fingerprints, and a fire inspection of your home.
Step 4: Complete a Home Study
As soon as your paperwork is completed, you will be assigned an LHAA caseworker who will schedule your Home Study. You will need to set aside at least 1-2 full days to work with our caseworker to complete your Home Study Interviews. The Home Study is a 5-7 hour long interviewing process, which is then turned into a 20-30 page report. Once your Home Study is written, edited, and approved, your family will be licensed to foster/adopt.
Step 5: Create a Life Book
Loving Houston requires each of our families to complete a “Life Book” of your family. These books will be presented to birthparents considering adoption and will give them a chance to get to know you and your family. Check out our Family Life Book page for tips and resources when creating your book.
Step 6: Maintain Your License
Once your Home Study is approved, you will officially be a licensed foster/adopt home. Regardless of whether or not a child has been placed in your home, you will need to maintain your license. This includes keeping your paperwork up to date, regular visits from your caseworker, and accumulating your in-service training hours. Insuring that your home remains in compliance at all times is required for a child to be placed in your home. Your caseworker will walk alongside you and assist you in remaining licensed.