Become a Foster/Adoptive Parent Today!!
Qualifying Foster parents become part of a countywide team working together to support, nuture, and protect children in need. While it may not be a lifetime commitment to a child, it is certainly a commitment to have a meaningful impact on a child's life.
Children available for adoption may be surrendered by their parents for adoption or may be freed for adoption through a Family Court decision to terminate parental rights due to the failure of parents to provide a safe return home for their child in foster care.
Most children available for adoption have been in foster care and are eligible for an adoption subsidy, which is a monthly check similar in amount to Foster Care board checks.
Case Managers supervise placements until the adoption is final and counsel children and adoptive parents. Foster parents are encouraged to adopt children in their homes and many foster parents become adoptive parents; others provide temporary care.
WHAT ARE THE STEPS TO BECOMING A FOSTER PARENT?
Complete and return an Agency Application
Complete a five-week training course
Complete a series of background checks
Complete a medical statement
Provide three personal references
Have a homestudy completed by our Agency
You must be at least 21 years of age
You can be married, single, or living in partnership
Have your own source of income
Provide a safe and healthy home
Each person in the home over the age of 18 must be fingerprinted
Each person in the home over the age of 18 must be cleared through the Child Abuse Registry
TRAINING AND SUPPORTS PROVIDED TO FOSTER PARENTS
A stipend for food, clothing, and board, based on the child's age and need for special services
Medicaid for the child
Support from individual caseworker
Ongoing trainng to learn about caring for children in foster care
BE PART OF A TEAM
Foster Parents are expected to work with our agency to help provide a temporary, safe home for children while their parents work towards the return of their children. During that time the Foster Parents act as substitute parents to the children.
Foster Parents are expected to treat the children as they would their own children, by taking the children to doctor and therapy appointments, attending school metings, and providing love, guidance, and nuturing.
Interested in being a foster/adoptive parent?
Contact our homefinder at (518) 481-1812