What We Do
All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and someone who believes in them. – Magic Johnson
Most of the children we serve are in the custody of the State of Texas because of previous abuse or neglectful environments. Permanency goals for these children might include adoption, reuniting with their birth families, kinship care or remaining in foster care until they turn 18 years old or graduate High School. Our foster families can specialize in caring for teen parents and their children; children with autistic behaviors; sibling groups; children with medical needs; children with significant developmental delays; or preparation for adult living. We also foster infants, toddlers and children with basic care needs.
Our view of treatment at Giocosa includes fundamentals of humanism such as free will, expression, responsibility, purpose and meaning. Many foster children feel powerless over their lives because of the abuse and neglect they have experienced in the past. It is our goal to encourage these children to develop self-reliance as well as positive self-esteem enabling them with the motivation and coping skills necessary to live productive lives.
Some of our foster parents eventually adopt the children placed in their homes. If you are interested in our Foster-Adopt program, please visit our Adoption page for more information.
Once you have children placed with you, you will receive support from Giocosa staff and sub-contractors. We work together to provide a team approach and assist in monthly in-home visitation; 24/7 on-call phone service; respite services; group and individual therapy; psychiatric and psychological services; adequate reimbursement fees; and access to on-going training.
Our Community-Our Kids
Giocosa partners with Our Community-Our Kids (OC-OK) in our Bedford branch office - Region 3.
Texas Department of Family & Protective Services
Giocosa partners with the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services (DFPS) in all of our five branch offices in the three DFPS regions we are located - Region 3 (Bedford); Region 7 (Hutto, Belton); and Region 11 (Laredo, Brownsville).
Texas Juvenile Justice Department
Giocosa partners with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) in our Bedford branch office - Region 3. We were honored to receive the 2016 TJJD Non-Secure Residential Provider of the Year award.