Permanency Support

Post Adoption and Post Permanency

At Arms Wide Adoption Services, we know that opening your heart and home to a child or children in need can come with unique challenges. That is why our team embraces each family with warmth and compassion, guiding them through those challenges. Arms Wide is here to help you through the life-long process of supporting a child after adoption or through Permanent Managing Conservatorship (PMC).

Arms Wide is a contracted provider of post adoption and post permanency services for families who have either adopted a child(ren) or were named as having “Permanent Managing Conservatorship” of a child(ren) who were in the custody of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). Arms Wide recognizes that parenting a child with emotional scars from abuse or neglect can be very demanding. Extraordinary amounts of love, nurturing and commitment are sometimes needed before the child can heal. As issues of past mistreatment arise, sometimes even years after the Judge has issued the final order of adoption or Permanent Managing Conservatorship, it can place strains on parent-child and/or family relationships. When this occurs, counseling and other support services are often needed to help the family remain together. Permanency services through the Post Adoption and Post Permanency Programs can be important in helping children succeed.

Arms Wide is here to help you through the life-long process of supporting a child after placement.

Families living in the following areas and counties are eligible for no-fee post adoption or post permanency support services through Arms Wide:

GREATER HOUSTON AREA:

Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller or Wharton County

SOUTH TEXAS AREA: 

Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Cameron, Duval, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, McMullen, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Starr, Webb, Willacy or Zapata County

 

As a leader in post adoption and post permanency services, Arms Wide Adoption Services understands the completion of the court process is not the end of the road for families. To be successful, families who adopted or were granted PMC of a child(ren) from DFPS are eligible to receive ongoing support, guidance, and resources until the youngest adopted/PMC child turns 18 years old. All services are provided without cost to the adoptive or PMC family. Some services may be limited, as delivery of services is dependent upon the availability of state contract funding. Regardless, our experienced staff work tirelessly to locate community resources to support our children and families.

Arms Wide contracts with DFPS, utilizing local subcontractors along with Arms Wide post adoption / post permanency case management staff, to offer the following services to families:

  • Casework and personalized service planning
  • Parent education
  • Support groups
  • Counseling
  • Respite care
  • Day treatment
  • Information and referral
  • 24-hour crisis intervention
  • Residential treatment services (Post Adoption Only)

Post Adoption Services

 

Houston Area Post Adoption Contact Information:

Cynthia Couch, LCSW

  ccouch@armswide.org

Donna Waller, LMSW  

  dwaller@armswide.org


South Texas Area Post Adoption Contact Information:

Delia S. Lopez

Corpus Christi Area

  dlopez@armswide.org

Lidia Santiago, LMSW

Rio Grande Valley Area

  lsantiago@armswide.org

If you think Arms Wide may be able to support your family through our Post Adoption Program, please contact us today!


Post Permanency Services

 

Houston Area Post Permanency Contact Information:

Cynthia Couch, LCSW

  ccouch@armswide.org

Sharon D. Carter

  scarter@armswide.org


South Texas Area Post Permanency Contact Information:

Donna Waller, LMSW  

  dwaller@armswide.org

Delia S. Lopez

  dlopez@armswide.org

If you think Arms Wide may be able to support your family through our Post Permanency Program, please contact us today!


At Arms Wide, our compassionate, highly-trained staff are prepared to guide you toward the resources most needed for your family.  To find out more about how Arms Wide’s Post Adoption and Post Permanency Programs can support your family, please contact us at our Houston office at 713-681-6991 or at our South Texas office at 361-850-8200. You can also reach Arms Wide toll-free at 1-800-460-6298.

Case Management Services

All families receiving permanency services through Arms Wide Adoption Services will have an individual caseworker.

Permanency Support FAQs

Questions about permanency? Our staff is here to help. Check out this list of Frequently Asked Questions and answers, but don’t hesitate to Contact Us if you need to know more.

Referrals

Referral services are available to any adoptive or PMC family, even those who do not qualify for assistance under the DFPS funded services.

Respite Care

At Arms Wide Adoption Services, our experienced staff recognize that parenting can be demanding. Arms Wide’s respite care is designed to provide adoptive or PMC families with relief from the stress of parenting children with special needs.

Residential Treatment

Residential treatment is offered when a child exhibits dangerous acting out behaviors which are so intense and longstanding they cannot be managed at home.

Therapeutic Services

Therapeutic services are available to all family members impacted by adoption and permanency as funding from DFPS is available.

Support Groups

Arms Wide Adoption Services offers a variety of support groups – both for children and families – through its Post Adoption and Post Permanency Programs.