About Us

The mission of Foster In Texas (FIT) is to improve the lives of children who have been removed from their families due to neglect and/or sexual, physical, or psychological abuse, by placing them in stable loving homes and providing therapeutic care as needed. FIT families are actively recruited and trained to foster basic needs children as well as infants, large sibling groups, troubled teens, and children with special medical needs.

Foster In Texas, a program of Lutheran Social Services of the South, Inc. (LSS) has a longstanding, award-winning* history of success serving vulnerable children and families, with offices in 14 communities throughout Texas: Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Richardson, El Paso, Fort Worth, Harlingen, Houston, Laredo, Lubbock, McAllen, San Antonio, Tyler, and Victoria.

Our children are placed with us through Child Protective Services, Juvenile Probation Department, family placements, and private referrals. FIT recruits, equips, and supports foster families with an experienced treatment team, a 24/7 support network, and evidenced-based training and education programs.

The agency’s roots go back to 1881, and today LSS and FIT provide help, healing, and hope to more than 26,000 people in Texas and Louisiana each year, regardless of religious beliefs, ethnicity, gender, or age.

Lutheran Social Services of the South, Inc. is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization supported by private donations, state and federal contracts, volunteer time, grants, and fees collected for services.

*Awards include Caseworker of the Year, Child-Placing Agency of the Year (3 times) Foster Parent of the Year (2 times), National Foster Family of the Year, Therapeutic Foster Family of the Year, and Program Administrator of the Year.


Betsy Guthrie
Lutheran Social Services of the South
(512) 459-1000 x7511

State In-Take Coordinator
(877) 747-8110

Media Contact

Brenden Scott
Director of Communications
Lutheran Social Services of the South
(512) 706-7504

Click HERE for a listing of statewide offices.

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