Post Adoption

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 building and maintaining a healthy, happy family.

Arms Wide is a contracted provider of post adoption services for families that have adopted a child(ren) who were in the custody of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). Arms Wide recognizes that parenting an adopted 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 adoption, 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.

Post adoption services can be as important as the adoption itself in helping children succeed.

 The following areas and counties are eligible for no-fee post adoption 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 services, Arms Wide Adoption Services understands the completion of the adoption process is not the end of the road for families. To be successful, families who adopted a child/ren from DFPS are eligible to receive ongoing support, guidance, and resources until the youngest adopted child turns 18 years old. All services are provided without cost to the adoptive family. Some services may be limited, as delivery of services is dependent upon the availability of state contract funding. Regardless, our experienced staff works 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 case management staff, to offer the following services to families:

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

Houston Area Post Adoption Contact Information:

Cynthia Couch, LCSW

  ccouch@armswide.org

Donna Waller, LCSW  

  dwaller@armswide.org


South Texas 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!

Case Management Services

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

Post Adoption FAQs

Questions about post adoption? 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 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 families with relief from the stress of parenting children with special needs.

Residential Treatment

Residential treatment is offered when a child exhibits dangerous behavior such as hurting himself or others and 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 the adoption 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 Program.