Deciding to become a foster parent can be a very difficult and challenging process. As a foster parent your whole family is impacted by the decisions you make, the children placed in your home, and the process you must complete to become licensed.
CHOICES, Inc. foster parents provide skilled and caring substitute families for children and teens who have been abused, neglected or deemed dependent by the courts. Our foster parents provide children and teens with the unconditional love, guidance, discipline, and safety they would give their own children. Foster parents work with CHOICES, Inc. and the custodial agency to address the children’s special needs including behavioral, emotional or mental health challenges. CHOICES, Inc’s foster parents work diligently with the children placed in their home until they can safely return to their own families, move to permanent adoptive homes or live independently as young adults once they are emancipated.
Below is a list of several qualifications and skills that we expect our foster families to meet. Please take a moment to review this list as the specific qualifications and expectations may help you in making this decision.
- At least 21 years of age and willing to complete all state licensing requirements
- Able to demonstrate financial stability, provide proof of income, documentation of timely payments of utility bills, and evidence that you are able to meet your family’s current financial needs
- Treat the children in care and their families with dignity, respect, and consideration while performing the functions required in a day-to-day parenting role
- Provide individualized care and services that are responsive to each child’s needs and help them achieve their treatment goals as identified through their Service Plan
- Support the youth’s permanency plan, whether the plan is reunification, adoption, or independent living by maintaining visitation plans with biological family members, including siblings, or potential adoptive families
- Participate as a member of the treatment team, including, but not limited to, attending meetings at school, meetings with other treatment team members, court hearings, Case Plan review meetings, etc.
- Accompany and participate with the child, and possibly biological family members, to medical appointments, therapy appointments, court hearings, school meetings and other necessary appointments
- Recognize situations or circumstances in the home that require outside guidance and assistance and seek needed help
- Maintain accurate and relevant records regarding the child’s activities and progress and respect the confidentiality of information received