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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

From Foster Care to Fame: Inspiring Stories of Success - Kids First, Inc.Kids
September 21, 2023

From Foster Care to Fame: Inspiring Stories of Success

In the tapestry of life, it's often our early experiences that shape the remarkable journeys we embark upon. For some, these journeys begin in foster care, where resilience, determination, and…
The Power of Sibling Bonds in Foster Care: Nurturing Connections - Fort Worth, TX - Kids FirstKids
August 30, 2023

The Power of Sibling Bonds in Foster Care: Nurturing Connections

Sibling bonds in foster care matter. Explore how nurturing connections empowers children. In the world of foster care, where children navigate unfamiliar terrain, sibling relationships shine as beacons of familiarity,…
5 Strategies for Managing Summer Stress as a Foster Parent - Kids First - Fort Worth, TXKids
August 22, 2023

Keeping Cool: 5 Strategies for Managing Summer Stress as a Foster Parent

Summer stress? Foster parents, you're not alone. Summer may conjure images of carefree days, but for foster parents, the season can bring unique challenges that lead to increased stress. From…