Kids First, Inc.

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4900 SE Loop 820
Ste 100
Fort Worth, TX 76140
United States

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Monday 8 AM-5 PM
Tuesday 8 AM-5 PM
Wednesday 8 AM-5 PM
Thursday 8 AM-5 PM
Friday 8 AM-5 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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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, with a satellite office in Dallas. We serve the entire DFW area. Kids First is dedicated to serving 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 parent support and training, as well as adoption services. 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. At Kids First, Inc., we will embark on a transformational journey to provide a healing sanctuary for children and families, because every child's life is at stake, and families deserve restoration and the opportunity to thrive together.
Our mission is to create a nurturing environment where children can heal, grow, and find their way back to the loving embrace of their families. We understand that a strong, stable, and unified family is the ultimate goal, and we will tirelessly work towards restoring families whenever possible.
With your partnership, we can build a future where children find solace, families are empowered, and love triumphs over adversity.

Services and information

  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Respite Foster Care
  • Adoption

Requirements to become a foster parent

Adults who are new to the fostering process sometimes feel overwhelmed and wonder if they will have support on their journey. Your child-placing agency is the first resource. Social services caseworkers provide aspiring foster parents with various types of support and connections. These include free educational training programs, helplines, and support groups.

It is important that foster parents build their individual support network, too. Connecting with other foster families with more experience is an excellent place to begin. Texas groups offer foster parent meetups; you can search online for the closest one.

The Texas Foster Family Association provides state training, a regional directory of support services, a summer training conference, and more. Membership benefits include getting access to foster care professionals and learning more about ways to become better caregivers. Children of TFFA members can also get assistance through the Scholarship Fund.

Austin Angels is another support organization that strives to assist foster parents and Texas foster children. They offer care packages and gifts for foster children and their caregivers, mentorship options, and education, among other resources. Foster children and teens can learn valuable skills that help prepare them for independent living, as well.

Ratings and Reviews

Average user rating

4.5 / 5
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Annette K
Jul 17, 2022

Been connected to KFI for 12 years either in foster care or adoptions. The personal commitment and dedication to the kids and parents-to-be is 2nd to none.

Rating: 5

Devon Hall
Apr 05, 2022

I worked as part of the Kids First team for five and a half years in various capacities and I can’t say enough about being an employee there. Much like the foster parents said, it’s like going to work everyday with friends who are like family, and to this day this is still my family. I’ve never felt more supported by a company than I did at Kids First for my growth, both while I was there and when I took my ventures elsewhere. I love this agency because they truly have a heart for quality foster care not just for the children but the parents and working relationships with other agencies (CPAs, CPS, therapists, CASA, etc.). I still have teens who were in our care reach out to me saying “I didn’t like your decisions then but I appreciate them now as an adult”. Carla is an amazing mentor and leader that hand selected each of the staff to lead in her vision for KFI. Each and every staff member strives for excellence and quality, so if you’re looking for an agency to be apart of that is like family, you’re looking for Kids First!!

Rating: 5

Mark Reidland
Mar 24, 2022

Kids First has been a great help to our family. They licensed us for our 3rd adoption as well as our foster care licensing. They are supportive, knowledgeable, and available. I feel like they legitimately care about us. I would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a good agency!

Rating: 5

Chelsea Cherry Hernandez
Mar 24, 2022

We have been with Kids First since 2019. The licensing process was seemless and once we completed all necessay trainings and required inspections, we had our first placement within 8 days. The case managers are more like supportive friends who turn into family. They will go to bat for you and your kiddos every step of the way. From the top Directors down to the Office admin Kids First is the best!

Rating: 5

Sam Hulsey
Mar 24, 2022

I have been with Kids First since 2017 and they have always been very supportive. They come up with ways to help when problems arise instead of criticize (a problem my friend has with her agency). The on call phone is always answered or you get a call back in minutes. They really mean it when they say kids first, its not about the employees or the parents, its about what's best for the kids.

Rating: 5