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 will start implementing Community Based Foster Care, referred to as CBC, in up to eight geographic areas in the state, known as “catchment” areas that are best suited to implement CBC. 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 must develop an implementation plan for implementing CBC throughout the state, as well as a readiness review and process, multiple evaluation processes, and design and execute performance-based contracts for the services.