Foster Care

Foster care means choosing the pain of a great loss if it means a child has received the gain of a great love. -

Becoming a foster parent is a major decision. Thank you for considering Giocosa as you begin this journey.

Giocosa seeks foster parents of all ethnicities, genders and background, single or married. Our primary requirement is a home that will provide a stable and loving environment where children can grow, that is committed to being the positive change a child needs. Giocosa receives foster child referrals from the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services, Texas Juvenile Justice Department, and Our Community-Our Kids. We also have Spanish-speaking programs in Brownsville.

Below are links with more information on the process of becoming a foster parent; Primary Medical Needs foster care; Texas Juvenile Justice Department foster care; Kinship foster care; and Respite foster care. If you are interested in applying to become a foster parent with Giocosa, please download our application, complete and return to the relevant Branch Foster Home Developer (see below), depending on your location.

Giocosa will be with you every step of the way through the process. We would love to a be a part of your family’s journey!



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Becoming a Foster Parent

Foster parents provide a safe and loving environment for at-risk children, where they can learn to develop healthy relationships and reach their full potential. In addition to providing food, clothing and shelter, foster parents are responsible for transporting children to school, required visits and doctor’s appointments, court hearings and meetings; completing required monthly documentation; and completing required trainings throughout the...


Primary Medical Needs

Foster children with primary medical needs (PMN) are children who cannot live without mechanical supports or the services of others because of non-temporary, life-threatening conditions. These conditions include the inability to maintain an open airway without assistance (this does not include the use of inhalers for asthma); inability to be fed except through a feeding tube, gastric tube, or a parenteral route; use of sterile techniques or...


Texas Juvenile Justice Department

The Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) is the State Juvenile Corrections Agency and is the most serious place a juvenile offender can go in Texas. To help the youth in the Department’s care, TJJD has developed programs throughout Texas, with each treatment program customized to meet the needs and abilities of the individual youth. Giocosa is...

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Being a foster parent can at times be overwhelming, and just like any parent, sometimes they need breaks. Respite providers provide much-needed relief and assistance to foster parents by caring for foster children for a few hours or a few days. Interested respite providers are required to complete several trainings and a background check to become eligible to provide respite care.

For more information on the requirements and trainings for respite providers, please contact the Program Director at your local Giocosa...



Kinship foster care is when extended families take on the role as a child’s primary caregiver when the biological parents are unable to care for the child. Extended families can include a family member, family friend, neighbor, teacher or any individual who the child or family has a significant relationship with and who can provide the child with stability when they can't live with their biological parents.

Kinship foster care benefits the child by providing love and care in a familiar setting with people who the child knows and trust. In addition, the parents are provided a sense of...