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What is the age range of youth in foster care?
From infants to 21 years old.
What’s involved to become a resource/foster parent?
The process to becoming a resource/foster parent is easy. Potential parents complete an application and attend an individualized orientation, participate in training and have home study interviews. They also obtain CPR and First Aid certification and fingerprint clearances. Remember, our job is to support you every step of the way through the formal approval process to becoming a resource/foster parent.
How long does it take to become a resource/foster parent?
Approval to foster and/or adopt a youth generally takes between two to four months. The approval team guides resource family applicants throughout the process to make it as smooth as possible.
How much will it cost to foster a youth?
Resource/foster parents will incur only minimal expense directly associated with the approval process. Typical expenses of fingerprinting fees and CPR and First Aid Certification of approved parents can be reimbursed. Fees are reimbursed after the youth has joined the family.
What is the monthly rate to foster a youth?
Resource/foster parents receive funds for providing care and resources for the youth. The rates start at $1,000 per month, depending on the youth’s needs.
Can I foster a youth 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 resource family and that their concerns and opinions are given serious consideration.
Can my foster youth share a room with my own child?
Generally, yes, though there are many factors to consider. Each child must have a separate bed, closet space and a chest of drawers.
How much choice do I have regarding the placement of a foster youth?
The ultimate decision on any child joining your family rests with you. From the beginning of the process, we start gathering as much information as possible regarding your family and what youth would best fit into your family. Once you are ready and able for a youth to join your family, and once we have a youth who we assess would be a good match for your family, we will share as much information as possible about the youth with you and address any questions you may have. The successful joining of your family and the youth is of such value that we strive to build a strong working relationship with our families.