foster parent FAQ

Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions about Foster Parenting.

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Foster Care Redesign is an initiative launched by TDFPS to improve the foster care system in the state of Texas. Two projects are currently in place, one in Regions 2/9 and one in a part of Region 3 which is called Region 3b for this project.
Under the current system, all Child Placing Agencies contract directly with TDFPS for foster care. Under Foster Care Redesign TDFPS will contract with one SSCC, Single Source Continuum Contract, for an entire region. In region 3b the SSCC is Our Community Our Kids (OCOK), a division of ACH Child and Family Services for foster care.
The overall purpose is to improve outcomes for children. Some specific outcomes currently being targeted are placing children within 50 miles of their home, keeping sibling groups together, and reducing placement disruptions.
OCOK plans to create a network of providers working closely together to support high quality foster care for all children, provide excellent support for foster parents, and to advocate for system changes that will allow us all to focus on doing what matters for children.
Region 3b will involve Tarrant, Parker, Johnson, Hood, Palo Pinto, Erath, and Somervell counties.
Foster Care Redesign is an initiative of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS) to initiate a new way of providing foster care services that relies on a single source continuum contractor (SSCC) within various geographic areas. The contractor is responsible for finding foster homes or other living arrangements for children in state care and providing them a full continuum of services. 
Many agencies will be participating as part of the Redesign network. If your agency is participating in the network, you will not need to move your license.
You should ask the agency staff working with you for the plans of your agency to participate in Redesign.. 
Visit the Our Community Our Kids website: www.oc-ok.org. Talk with your agency worker.