“To match children with loving and nurturing families so they may form mutually satisfying and healthy relationships.”
In the State of Texas alone, there are nearly 4000 children waiting to be adopted. Many of these children are older, have special needs, or are a part of a sibling group. The Giocosa Foundation matches waiting children with loving families willing to make lifelong commitments by providing a “forever home.” The legal adoption process can sometimes be overwhelming. Therefore, Giocosa Adoption Program staff works closely with our families from licensure to finalization and beyond to ensure a positive adoption experience. We prepare both the child and the adoptive families for the adoption by providing training, step-by-step support, and access to treatment services before and after the adoption is finalized.
Here at the Giocosa Foundation, we focus on three types of adoptions:
Foster-to-Adopt: Families who provide foster care may decide to eventually adopt the children in their homes. Once the family makes the decision to adopt a child in their home, the child will transition from foster care to adoption. The Foundation strives to match the needs of a child with the family’s ability to meet those needs prior to placement, which minimizes the number of times a child must move before being adopted.
Legal Risk: Children whose biological parents’ parental rights are not yet terminated are considered as “legal risk placements.” Sometimes the legal proceeding that terminates parental rights has not been completed prior to the child coming to the Foundation for placement. Many of our younger children, infants and toddlers, are in this category. These children are placed with foster/adopt parents who want to adopt the child with the understanding that it is likely parental rights will terminate in the near future. However, the foster/adopt parents also understand that there is a risk that the parent’s rights will not be terminated at all and/or the child will not become free for them to adopt. The Foundation strives to obtain as much information as possible about the child’s situation from the CPS caseworker so that the family considering the placement can make an informed decision.
Straight Adoption: Families who want to adopt children without first providing foster care are licensed as Adoptive-only homes. The Foundation works to match children with families based on how well the family can meet a specific child’s needs. The Foundation searches for children free for adoption within our foster care program and throughout the state of Texas using the Texas Adoption Resource Exchange website, in addition to daily broadcasts we receive about waiting children.
To begin your child’s journey home, follow the link below to our Parent Application: Foster/Adopt Parent Application