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Texas State Information

In Texas, approximately over 600,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers. Additionally, over 257,000 grandparents reported having their grandchildren living with them.

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services operate a kinship care program. The program aims to place children with relatives and prevent their entrance into state custody. The state program functions to provide education, support, case management, counseling, referral services, and cash assistance. This program is a means to give kinship care families the resources necessary to live as a normal family. The Department of Family and Protective Services works to give kinship care families all that they need to provide a loving and caring environment for the children in their care. In March 2011, Texas’s Kinship Care Program was luckily spared from the state’s budget cuts.

Texas offers a diverse range of services, support, and assistance for relative care families. Through public and private partnerships the state has been able to place many children with relatives, and prevent their entrance into the foster system.

By the Numbers
  • Over 600,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers.
  • Over 257,000 grandparents report having their grandchildren living with them.
Grandparent Visitation

Download the Grandparent Visitation information here (current as of 8/1/11)

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