Will you consider opening your heart and home to a child? Becoming a therapeutic foster care family is an important decision for your family. It is vital to have the information you need when making such an important decision. Throughout the orientation and training process you will be given the knowledge and skills that will help you to become a successful foster parent. Some basic requirements are necessary to qualify you as a Foster Parent. You:
- Must be at least 24 years old, single or married
- Must be able to provide a safe and nurturing home for a child or adolescent
- Must have adequate living and sleeping space for the child
- Must pass a criminal records and child abuse check.
- Must have sufficient income and cannot rely on foster care payment
- Must be able to devote time and energy to the child’s needs
- Must have valid driver’s license and transportation
- Must attend and complete a minimum of 36 hours of pre-service training (If married, both parents must attend)…and 24 hours of annual training thereafter
Once approved, foster care families may be phoned by agency staff to place in their home, a boy or girl, ranging in age from infancy to 18, who as a result of their family situation, cannot live with their birth parents or relatives. The agency’s Site Director will attempt to accommodate a foster family’s desire for a child, in terms of gender, age, and behaviors, depending on the needs of the State. The Foster Parent Recruiter/Trainer will evaluate the foster family’s home environment to best match their interests with the needs of a child.
The Children in Therapeutic Foster Care
Children who enter therapeutic foster care bring with them special needs, most importantly, the need for a loving, stable family life. These children are often the victims of abuse, neglect or abandonment. As a result, they may suffer from emotional, behavioral or developmental problems. Through the services of New Beginnings, children can receive the support they need and families can acquire the training and assistance to enrich the life of a child.
What Should I Expect?
- Child placements ranging from 90 days to one to two years
- Completion of required forms in order to receive reimbursement each month to help cover the cost of food, clothing and expenses for the child
- To have a child’s medical care covered by the State Medicaid program, foster families will need to provide transportation to and from doctor, dentist and therapy appointments
- Two days of respite each month can be accessed (in order to give the fostering family time to themselves and, sometimes, a break from their foster child/ren)
- Emergency respite care available up to seven days
- Case management services provided by our social workers, and a home visit twice a month once a child is placed in your home.
- On-call services in the event of a crisis (24 hours/7days a week)
- Therapy for the child provided by a licensed, Master’s level professional.
- To attend monthly in-service training once your home is licensed. (Online training is available).