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Become a Foster/Adoptive Resource Parent

Frequently Asked Questions

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Who can become a foster parent?
What benefits do foster parents receive to help care for foster children?
What are the steps to become a Foster Parent?
How long do foster children stay in your home?
Do biological parents visit the child/children?
Are foster parents able to adopt a foster child?
Is the money I receive for the care of the child considered taxable income?
Are we told anything about the child before he/she is placed?
Can we decline to take a child with a problem that we do not feel comfortable dealing with?
Is it true foster parents cannot spank the foster child?
Can we take a foster child with us on vacation?
Can we leave the foster child with a babysitter?
Can foster parents have pets?

Who can become a foster parent?
You can…Foster parents can be couples or single adults over age 18, who have the ability to support themselves financially. You may live in either a house or an apartment. Working parents are welcome as long as appropriate child care can be arranged. If you have a strong desire to make a positive difference in a child’s life and are willing to open your home and provide a nurturing, loving and supportive environment, YOU can be a foster parent.

 

What benefits do foster parents receive to help care for foster children?
  • A monthly reimbursement.
  • Medical and dental coverage for each foster child.
  • Training to enhance their knowledge and skills so they can provide the best possible care to meet the unique needs of foster children.
  • Support and supervision from agency workers.
  • The satisfaction of knowing they have reached out a helping hand to children when it was so desperately needed.
  • The reward of knowing there is something of themselves remaining with every child long after they have left the home.
  • The knowledge that their own lives have been enriched in some way by each child.

 

What are the steps to become a Foster Parent?

Becoming a foster parent is a simple procedure, but takes time and determination to complete. All requirements for becoming a Foster Parent are intended to provide safety and security for both child and foster parent. The steps are:

  • Attend an orientation meeting
  • Fill out the application forms
  • Fingerprint all persons in the household over the age of 18
  • Receive a Home Visit
  • Complete First Aid and CPR certification
  • Provide a Health Report including a TB test result
  • Complete 27 hours of training

 

How long do foster children stay in your home?

It depends on the particular child and his parents’ situation. Every effort is made to reunify parents and children as soon as possible. Some children live in your home for a few days, or even several months, while others may live with you for longer periods of times.

Do biological parents visit the child/children?

Yes.  In order to maintain ties between parent and child where reunification is the goal, a visitation plan is required. As a member of the team, you will be expected to assist in helping support visitation. The child’s social worker will discuss with you the specific visitation plan at the time of placement.

Are foster parents able to adopt a foster child?

It is important to keep in mind the goal of foster care is to provide temporary care for a child in a family setting until the foster child and parents can be reunited. If this goal cannot be achieved another permanent plan for the child is developed. If the child becomes available for adoption, foster parents will be given special consideration.

Is the money I receive for the care of the child considered taxable income?

Generally, the foster care payment is considered reimbursement of the expenses, not income. You should contact a tax consultant with questions.

Are we told anything about the child before he/she is placed?

Yes, to the extent that information is available and pertinent to the care of the child.

Can we decline to take a child with a problem that we do not feel comfortable dealing with?

Yes. Foster parents have the right to accept or decline a child offered for placement.

Is it true foster parents cannot spank the foster child?

Yes. Licensing regulations prohibits foster parents from using any form of physical punishment. Positive discipline, combined with warmth and caring, should be used to guide and educate the child.

Can we take a foster child with us on vacation?

Yes. However, you must inform and make arrangements with the social worker regarding your travel.

Can we leave the foster child with a babysitter?

Yes. Foster parents need a social life of their own.  Regulations regarding babysitting will be shared with you in your pre-placement training.

Can foster parents have pets?

Yes, as long as they don't impose a risk (i.e., safety, cleanliness, health factors, or allergies) to foster children.