AbouT T3C

Texas Child Centered Care (T3C) is a transformative project that will better define the foster care service continuum, modernize the methodology that goes into calculating the cost of foster care, and collectively establish a new foster care system in Texas. The system was designed improve outcomes for children, youth, and young adults by meeting the needs of the foster care population and compensating caregivers for delivering high-quality services that incentivize effective and individualized care.   

T3C also will clearly define foster care models and service packages in the GRO and CPA settings. The initiative includes 24 service packages and 3 add-on service packages set out across one tier for CPAs, as well as two tiers for GRO settings for children and youth with the most acute needs.

Each service package has a corresponding rate that better reflects the actual costs of care. Once implemented, T3C will help residential childcare providers and caregivers specialize in, and focus on, providing distinct and clearly defined services.   

The Department anticipates beginning to “credential” providers to deliver T3C services within this new service array starting in January 2025; credentialing will continue through August 2027.



T3C Ready


TACFS is hosting four, in-person workshops around the state. These one-day workshops – open only to licensed providers who contract with DFPS or an SSCC – will help prepare organizations for T3C planning and implementation efforts.

The workshops have been designed to help providers build on their understanding of T3C and will introduce an online T3C Readiness Assessment Tool to help providers assess their organizational strengths and needs. Providers should prepare for these comprehensive interactive sessions by reviewing the Blueprint and other published T3C resources (linked below). We’ll discuss how to align your business to the T3C model and state capacity needs, identify and prepare for the service package(s) your organization will deliver, and help you start your individual organizational assessment.

Providers may bring two or three staff per organization (depending on the location); staff  who are familiar with readiness and strategic business planning should be prioritized. Participants also should bring laptops to participate in workshop exercises. Dates and locations below, all times are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with lunch included.

Also, due to popular demand, we’ve added a VIRTUAL workshop to accommodate additional leadership level staff who could not attend one of the in-person workshops.  While the in-person workshops allow for more collaborative discussion, we’re excited to offer a virtual option that will allow more access to these important readiness activities. Staff who are familiar with readiness and strategic business planning should be prioritized.

T3C Ready


The Texas Center for Child and Family Studies and DFPS are excited to partner together to announce virtual T3C Office Hours! T3C Office Hours will be regularly scheduled and will allow Licensed Providers to drop in and ask any questions you may have about T3C. Whether you’ve got a question about T3C requirements, updated Blueprints, FAQs, Rates & Funding, Events & Training, or anything else T3C, drop in and ask us!

T3C Office Hours are available for Licensed Providers only and will allow those providers to ask burning questions and learn from other’s experience.  T3C Office Hours start on May 10 at 10 am and subsequent dates will be posted below. No need to register, just drop in!



T3C Ready


More information coming soon...

Anticipated Procurement Mid-May 2024 

Micro grants of up to $20,000 will help:

  • support providers to participate in training; and/or
  • obtain technical assistance and consultation to begin readiness activities for T3C.  

The Center will provide a series of relevant trainings to providers regarding T3C related topics at low or no-cost.  However, there are several other significant relevant trainings, including as it relates to program, treatment and clinical models that organizations may need to position their programs for T3C Readiness. Some organizations may need or want technical assistance or consultation regarding how to transition their programs to meet T3C requirements including as it relates to Continuous Quality Improvement, data collection, embedding a trauma-informed approach, developing aftercare programs, supplementing current programming to meet requirements associated with kinship care, pregnant and parenting teens or serving youth 14 and older, and other identified needs.

More information coming soon!

Anticipated Procurement Early June 2024

Macro grants of up to $150,000 will support providers who have advanced their readiness and can be ready to certify to begin service delivery as early adopters. Grants could fund initiatives in a variety of categories and activities within those categories.

  • Quality Assurance: Systems and processes to evaluate and improve quality, demonstrate fidelity, predict results.   
  • Facility Readiness: Assessing ability of facilities to support delivery of service packages and supporting facilities improvements.  (e.g., Supervision/line of sight, Anti-ligature features, Security, Durability, etc.)   
  • Clinical models for GROs and CPAs: Development and implementation of well-defined models for treating mental and behavioral health and/or an enhancement of their clinical model.  
  • Enhanced Programming/Treatment Models: Expanding program options to align with T3C requirements.  (e.g., 24-hour intake, Respite and Specialized Respite, 24/7 crisis response, Aftercare services, Complex Cross-System Coordination, Normalcy, Readiness for Adulthood, Family finding, Discharge Planning, Nursing, etc.)   
  • Technology: Implementation of Technology needed to operate.  (manage increased reporting requirements of specific packages, collecting data needed to track service packages (clinical, increased billing complexities, identifying software solutions, etc).
  • Staffing: Certain service packages have specific specialized staffing requirements that may warrant hiring new staff.  Providers would need to have a plan for sustainability until certification. 
Grant awardees would participate in a grant award orientation and fall mini-conference to facilitate joint learning and share progress, and to support evaluation of grant impact. 

Contact Us


We’ve got questions, and we know you’ve got them too.  While we can assure you that more info is coming soon, drop us a line if you’ve got a question. 

If you’ve got mechanical questions about the Blueprint or T3C structure or requirements, please contact DFPS below. 

For questions about training opportunities, consultation, and more, please email us!