How Foster Care Works

WHAT IS FOSTER CARE?

 

Foster care is when a child has been removed, through no fault of his/her own, from their home and family due to concerns for their safety; the child may have been abandoned, abused and/or neglected and is in need of a temporary home placement. Whenever possible, they live with relatives or non-relatives familiar with the child; when that is not possible, the child is placed with a foster family in a Licensed Foster Home.

 

A Licensed Foster Home is a temporary, safe place to live until the children can be reunited with their families. The children may live with a foster family anywhere from a week to a year or longer. An adoptive family is identified if the family cannot be reunified.

 

Today’s Foster Parents are individuals who have completed the training and requirements to provide a temporary, home-like setting for children, while their parents are working towards reunification. Children of all ages, races, and genders come into the Foster Care system. Some children may display challenging or complex behaviors with the right services, children can often deal successfully with their challenges. There is a special need for Foster Parents to care for teenagers and sibling groups.

What is Foster Care?

The basic requirements to become a Foster Parent include: being 21 years or older; being financially self-supporting; and also include fingerprinting for Federal, State and Local background and abuse records checks; as well as the ability to work with many community partners (including the birth family). The licensing process requires a minimum of 21 hours of Training, a Health and Safety Inspection of your home and a Home Study Assessment of your family. The background screening, training classes and process to become licensed are all free of charge.

 

There is a monthly Board Rate paid to the Foster Parents which is intended to cover room, board, clothes, incidentals, and an allowance. The State of Florida pays for the child’s medical, dental and therapeutic needs and other services through Medicaid and MediPass.

 

A case worker will closely monitor the children’s placement, and other support including assistance with child care, and additional training is provided to help understand and deal with children with challenging behaviors, as well as their special needs. In addition, there are local Foster-Adoptive Parent Associations run by Foster Parents, as well as fun events and activities planned throughout the year that offer support. The Our Kids Foster Parent Mentor Program provides support to new Foster Parents during the first six (6) months of licensure.

 

If you are ready to accept a child into your family and to give that child the love, care, and commitment you would give your own child, while respecting the child’s history, culture and family relationships, then you are ready to begin the process to become a Foster Parent.

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