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FAQ: Foster Care and Adoption

  • Who are the children needing a foster or adoptive home?

    Children or teens who need foster care are of diverse race, ethnicity, religion, national origin or disability. Some may question their sexual orientation or gender identity, or are self-identified as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender). All have been through trauma, abuse, severe neglect or abandonment and have an identified need or a mental health diagnosis. Uplift Family Services will work with each home and child to develop an individualized plan of treatment and support to best serve our families. We provide training and 24/7 crisis support for foster parents as well as counseling for the child or teen to help the healing process.
  • What are the ages of the children in foster care?

    Uplift Family Services serves children of all ages, from infants through age 17. Our greatest need is homes for teenagers and large sibling groups (three or more children).
  • Who can be a foster or adoptive parent?

    Uplift Family Services is inclusive of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin or age, including retirement. Foster parents can be married, partnered, single or same sex, and we do have a need for gay foster and adoptive parents. A foster parent should be ready to provide a stable, loving residence whether that be a house, apartment or mobile home. Ideally, a foster parent or foster family's first priority is to help ensure the best outcome for the child or teen, whether that be reunification with a safe family member or adoption.
  • How long does it take to become a foster parent?

    The certification process to provide foster care for a child generally takes between two to four months. The certification team helps foster family applicants with any questions throughout the application process.
  • What is involved in the application process to become a foster parent?

    The process to become a foster parent is easy. There is an application form, an orientation, two days of training, CPR/First Aid, obtaining fingerprint clearances, and a home study visit. Remember, our job is to support you every step of the way.
  • How much will it cost to foster a child?

    Foster parents will incur only minimal expense directly associated with the certification process. Typical expenses include fingerprinting fees and CPR and First Aid Certification.
  • What is the monthly rate for foster parenting?

    Foster parents receive funds for providing care. The amount is determined by the age of the child.
  • Can I adopt or foster a child if I have children of my own living in the home?

    Absolutely. Many of our families include both biological and foster children. It is important, however, that your own children are supportive of becoming a foster family and that their concerns and opinions are given serious consideration.
  • Can my foster child share a room with my own child?

    Generally, that will be up to you and the children. Two children may share a room if they are the same sex and are no more than five years apart in age. Each child must have a separate bed, closet space, and chest of drawers.
  • How much choice do I have regarding the placement of a foster child?

    The ultimate decision on any child being placed in your home rests with you. From the beginning of the process, we start gathering as much information as possible regarding what child would best fit into your home. Once you are ready for a placement, and once we have a child we feel may be a good match for your family, we will share as much information as possible about the child with you and address any questions you may have. You are completely free to say no  at any time during the pre-placement process.

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