Becoming a
Foster Parent

IES is looking for loving families to care for children from birth to 18 years old.  If you are considering becoming a foster parent, we would love the opportunity to speak to you and discuss the process. For more information on becoming a foster parent, please call 956-280-6362 or email

We are looking for foster parents who:

  • are at least 21 years (I recommend age 25) of age with a high school diploma or GED and can pass a criminal background and Child Abuse Registry Check and drug test
  • have a valid driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance
  • are single or married; if married, for a minimum of two years
  • are U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • do not have any unrelated household members (remove this condition)
  • are retired or employed with a regular source of income to meet their personal and family needs
  • have plenty of space in their home for children
  • can provide daily supportive and nurturing care of the children in their home
  • are able to commit to and fully participate in the screening/ verification process, ongoing training and required home study
  • are open minded and willing to learn to work with children who have experienced trauma and challenging behaviors
  • can act as a positive role model and advocate for the children in their care

Characteristics of successful foster families:

  • A strong desire to help and support children.
  • Flexible with the children and the treatment team.
  • Can cope with challenging behaviors.
  • Open to children who have experienced trauma.
  • Provide a family-like and nurturing experience to all children. 

Every child deserves a home and love. Period.

Dave Thomas
Adoptee, Foster Adoption Advocate and Founder of Wendy’s