And are thinking about becoming Foster Parents or Adoptive Parents through Foster Care.. YIPPEE!!
Foster Care Statistics), it is also estimated that of those children 115,000 are available for adoption (from AdoptUSKids.org).
When people hear that P. and I are Foster Parents, the response is usually "I could never do that, how do you give them back?" And my response is, "Well, it isn't easy, but its the right thing. Plus if you aren't able to be Foster Parents, you could be a Respite home... meaning that you basically 'babysit' for Foster Parents." Being a Foster Parent isn't the easiest thing I've done in my life, but it is the most rewarding. It's rewarding on all ends of the spectrum, because you get to see progress being made as this family is being reunited. Progress from the parents and progress from the children.
So you have questions: What does it take? What are they looking for? Where do I begin?
Remember that Foster Care is seen as a short term solution to an emergency situation. The Department needs committed individuals who are:
- Willing to work with the child's birth parents
- Supportive of efforts to return the child home
- Able to work with children who have significant emotional and behavioral needs
- Able to encourage teens toward independent living.
You are not required to own your own home, be married or give up your job and stay home full time in order to foster children. You may be renting an apartment or be single. You may apply for day care payments for the time that you are working or continuing your education.
To become a Foster Care Parent applicants must:
- Complete a licensing application
- Successfully complete background clearances for all adult household members
- Provide medical statements for all household members
- Have an environmental inspection (when applicable)
- Provide three acceptable references
- Pass on-site visits to the home by the licensing worker
- Attend training pertinent to foster care issues.
Contact your local Foster Care Agency and get more information today!