Private adoption is the permanent placement of a child in a “forever home” through a private domestic or international adoption agency. Foster-to-adopt is a form of adoption in which a child is placed into a home as a foster child, with the expectation that the child will become legally free and be adopted by the foster parents. Only a portion of children that enter foster care will become adoptable.
In Texas, the Department of Family & Protective Services (DFPS) oversees 30,000 foster children in 11 regions. While DFPS ultimately manages the system, they contract with private agencies (Child Placing Agencies, or CPAs) to recruit and oversee additional foster homes. Families can choose to get licensed either through DFPS or a CPA. They essentially do the same thing, but it’s good to look around for an agency that fits your family’s personality and needs.