What are my rights and options as a Foster Parent?

If you are a Foster Parent, there may come a time when you are weighing your options as to if a child who's come into your home can become a permanent part of your family. Maybe you are considering intervening and becoming a party in your foster child's case. Laws in Texas generally allow interventions by foster parents who have fostered a child in their home for 12 months. Interventions in other scenarios are possible for foster parents who can meet a "substantial past contact" legal test. If allowed to intervene, foster parents have the same standing as other parties to the child's case.