Foster Care – Ensuring a loving and caring home for children and youth

Foster families help children in crisis situations have a loving, stable home. Foster care has been a part of Catholic Charities’ work since our inception, growing naturally from the belief that every child has the right to the love, protection and care of a capable and committed family.

To read more about all the programs and services we offer to meet the needs of our communities, click here to read or download our services brochure.

Services Provided to Foster Children

Our program serves children in the managing conservatorship of Children's Protective Services. The children are between the ages of birth to 17 and represent a broad range of ethnic and racial backgrounds. A majority of the children are African American or Hispanic. Many of the children have brothers and sisters who want to stay together.

The foster children of our community deserve foster parents who can nurture them and provide love and commitment during these difficult times. Many individuals have the qualities to be foster parents for the children.

There are no fees for foster parents. Foster parents are reimbursed a per diem for each child in their home. Mileage is also reimbursed. Children's medical care is provided through Medicaid.

Licensed professionals with many years of child placing experience provide services.

Services Provided to Foster Parents

  • Assist families with the application process

  • Provide education classes to help parents learn the unique needs of the children

  • Work closely with families to determine their strengths through the home study process

  • Provide on-going educational opportunities to meet the annual training requirements

  • Provide support and guidance to the foster family throughout the time a child is placed in the foster home.

Eligibility Criteria

Foster parents must be at least 21 years of age, married (at least two years) or single, in good physical and mental health, financially stable and pass criminal and child abuse screenings.

Service Area/Location

Catholic Charities serves families in Harris and surrounding counties.

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Volunteers are needed to help with recruitment festivals and general office work.

  • There are opportunities for volunteers to provide babysitting for daytime and evening foster parent meetings and support groups.

  • Donations of new and gently used and clean infant and children's clothing and toys are always welcomed.

  • Groups are needed to sponsor or assist with the foster parent appreciation dinner, the foster family Christmas party and the foster family picnic.


To learn more about Foster Care through Catholic Charities, please contact Judy Smalling at 713.874.6583 or, or attend one of our information meetings held at Catholic Charities, 2900 Louisiana St., Houston, Texas 77006. Visit our event calendar for dates and times.


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