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Foster Care, Foster Parenting & Adoption Agency

in Dallas and Fort Worth, TX


Kids First, Inc. is a fully licensed child placement agency for adoption and foster parenting in the state of Texas. Our main office is in Fort Worth but we also have a satellite office in Dallas. We serve the entire DFW area.


Kids First is licensed to serve neglected, abused, disadvantaged children and youth from birth to 18 years of age in the Dallas, TX and Fort Worth, TX areas. We provide foster care and foster parenting support and training, as well as adoption services.


Read our blog, check our calendar of events, or find helpful training. We want to provide the best support to these children and the families that care for them. And if you need help with anything related to adoption and foster care, please ask!


Prospective foster care parents? Interested in adoption? We’d love to talk to you about any of our programs. We’re here to answer any questions you might have. Contact either our Fort Worth or Dallas location, or just fill out the form and send us an email.

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“And they’ll know us by our love...”

Dr. Carla Johnson, Founder of Kids First, Inc.

Since 2008, Kids First has been helping children in the Dallas/Fort Worth area find families, hope, and healing. Our founder, Dr. Carla Johnson has made it her life’s work to help at-risk children. In addition, through innovative programs like Trust-Based Relationship Intervention (TBRI), she’s helping train caregivers to provide support and effective treatment. Find out more about who we are here.

Available NOW: You Matter by Dr. Carla Johnson

You Matter is a daily devotion for foster and adoptive parents caring for abused and neglected children. Many times parents have a heart to care for the fatherless, but become quickly discouraged, struggling to meet the demands of the foster care system and the child’s deep pains of emotional trauma. This book provides a daily message of encouragement helping foster and adoptive parents to remember why they started their journey of fostering children.

Encouragement for foster parents along their journey

Important Information on COVID-19

We’re all aware of the coronavirus challenge we are facing here in Texas, and indeed around the world. Here are links to trustworthy, vital sources of information as we cope with this new health threat. Please check these sites regularly for any updated information and instructions. We can do this together!

Can You Adopt a Foster Child in Texas - Kids First, Inc. - Fort Worth, TXKids
February 28, 2023

Can You Adopt a Foster Child in Texas?

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February 20, 2023

How Long Does Foster Child Adoption Take?

Being an adoptive parent is a wonderful opportunity. In fact, after deciding to adopt a foster child, your next concern might be how long the adoption process takes. Alternatively, you…
Adopting a Foster Child: Rewards and Challenges - Fort Worth, TXKids
January 25, 2023

Adopting a Foster Child: Rewards and Challenges

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