Am I Ready?

AM I READY FOR FOSTER OR ADOPTIVE PARENTING??

 

The Questionnaire below will help you determine if Foster or Adoptive Parenting is the right choice for you. If you answer YES to all of the statements below, you are ready to begin the process of becoming a Foster or Adoptive Family.

Am I 21 years or older?

You can be single, married or in a relationship but you must be 21 years or older.

I am in good health?

You must be healthy and emotionally stable to care for Foster or Adoptive children. A physician’s health statement is required.

My home is safe?

During the Licensing Process a health and safety inspection of your home will be completed. You must have working smoke detectors and a fire extinguisher.

  • If you have a pool or Jacuzzi, are they fenced and safe?
  • If you have pets, are they well cared for and have current vaccinations?
At least one adult in my house speaks, reads and understands English?

While we have one of the most diverse populations here in South Florida, it is important that one of the adult caregivers in your household is able to speak, read and understand English.

I am open to working with the birth families.

Our children and their families come from many diverse cultures which may include cooking foods or attending events that are different than what your family enjoys.

I like being with and guiding children to be healthy, happy and safe.

You take the foster child “as is”; you will not start at the beginning as you did with your own. Your foster child will come to you with a definite personality, range of habits, expectations and attitudes – all shaped by relationships formed in the past.

I believe each child is an individual & their needs will have to be addressed.

A foster parent’s job is unique because each foster child is unique. For reasons beyond their control, separation from the home and family has occurred. The many fears, worries and anger looming large to the child need special attention and understanding.

I am open to learning about working with moderate behaviors.

Our children have experienced trauma and loss in their young lives and this may be reflected in their behaviors. PRIDE training will give you an insight to these behaviors as well as your commitment to on-going trainings to help understand the needs of the children that are in our care.

I have adequate income to support my family.

You don’t have to rich to be a Foster or Adoptive Parent, but you do need to have a legal, stable and documented income that is sufficient to support you and your family. During the licensing process you will be required to document your income and expenses.

I am willing to consent to criminal and child abuse registry checks.

Background screening is conducted on all adults age 18 years or older that live in your home.

No adult in my home has been convicted of a crime.

If you or any adult living in your home has been convicted of certain criminal offenses, you cannot become a Foster or Adoptive Parent. If you have specific questions regarding which crimes are prohibited, please call us at 1-855-786-Kids (5437).

I am able to attend training.

Foster and Adoptive Parents must complete a minimum of 21 Hours of PRIDE training prior to becoming licensed. For couples, if married or unmarried, both partners must complete this training.

I have access to a computer with an internet connection.

It is important to have an internet connection, whether it is in your home or public access, not only for your personal use but for school aged children placed in your home. Homework, forms and on-line training courses may be required to complete on-line.

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