A. What is Community Based Foster Care?

In 2017, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 11, which amended the Family Code, Government Code, and Human Resources Code relating to the provisions of child protective services and other health and human services, including foster care, relative and kinship care, and adoption services. Effective September 1, 2017, DFPS started implementing Community Based Foster Care, referred to as CBC, in certain geographic areas in the state, known as “catchment” areas. CBC is intended to delegate or outsource certain decisions about foster care delivery and case management, and that it be implemented with measurable goals related to these decisions. DFPS has developed an implementation plan for implementing CBC throughout the state, as well as a readiness review and process, multiple evaluation processes, and in the process of designing and executing performance-based contracts for the services.