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Get to know 4Kids4Families

4Kids4Families is the Single Source Continuum Contractor (SSCC) for the Piney Woods area of Texas (DFPS Region 4). We facilitate foster care placement using a Community-Based Care model that seeks holistic healing for families, so that there’s hope after foster care. 4Kids4Families is a division of Arrow Child & Family Ministries.

As the Single Source Continuum Contractor (SSCC) for Texas DFPS Region 4, we oversee child placement and welfare. We employ a Community-Based Care (CBC) model, which allows us to connect children, parents, and foster families with the right services, therapies, and programs for their unique needs.

Get connected

Thank you for your interest in serving children in our community. Your first step is to find a provider agency near you. You can find a list of our partner agencies here.

The first step in contracting with 4Kids4Families to provide services in Region 4 is completing our online application.

Thank you for reaching out. 4Kids4Families has a variety of services available to children and families. Please fill out this form, and someone will be in touch.

We have a variety of resources for foster families. Please contact us through this form, and we will reach out to share resources.

Absolutely! 4Kids4Families has volunteer opportunities, and many of our partners in the region need volunteers as well. Please contact us through this form to find out more.

We’re so thankful you want to join us in our mission of helping kids and strengthening families in East Texas. View current job openings here.

There are many services and resources that are available to families free of charge. Please contact us through this form and we will connect you with resources for your children and family.

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Understand Community-Based Care​

The state of Texas has been transitioning to Community-Based Care since 2017. In February of 2023, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) began implementing Community-Based Care in Region 4 (the Piney Woods area). This means foster care services will no longer be carried out by the state, but by a Single Source Continuum Contractor (SSCC).

The Texas DFPS has named 4Kids4Families, a division of Arrow Child & Family Ministries, the Single Source Continuum Contractor (SSCC) for Texas DFPS Region 4. 4Kids4Families will work with foster care providers, as well as other community partners, to serve all children in foster care in East Texas.

Community-Based Care (CBC) transitions most foster care responsibilities from the state to a community-based organization. The organization chosen as the SSCC is responsible for providing a full range of services to children in care. Community-Based Care allows a local organization to tap into the unique strengths of their community to address the specific needs of children, parents, and foster parents in the region.

Current foster families will continue to work with the foster care organization of their choice. 4Kids4Families will continue to build and support the creation of more resources for foster families in East Texas.

4Kids4Families believes that every child deserves a family. We also know that children do best when they are placed with their siblings, in their home communities. Because of this, we prioritize kinship care, where children are placed with relatives or other close adults.

4Kids4Families also knows that children and families do best when they have the therapeutic supports they need, and we are actively working with partners to build those resources across Region 4.

For more information on the transition to Community-Based Care, visit www.dfps.texas.gov/CBC/.

Reportable Incidents Include:

  • Death of a child
  • Child is in a life-threatening situation
  • A significant change in a child’s medical condition
  • Psychiatric hospitalization
  • A child who is missing from care and placed on the Amber Alert system returns to care
  • Natural disasters where children are displaced
  • Suicide attempts
  • Injuries requiring medical treatment including psychiatric hospitalization
  • Runaway incidents
  • A caregiver/staff member or child contracts a communicable disease
  • Commission of a Crime, including those committed by youth or crimes occur at a home or facility in which youth are placed
  • Allegations of abuse, neglect or abusive treatment
  • A child’s abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
  • Allegation and/or confirmed child-on-child physical and/or sexual abuse.