What is Foster
Foster care is a temporary arrangement
for a planned period of time. At times children ages birth
through 18 years of age are not always able to live with their biological
family for many different reasons. When the need arises, these children
are placed in qualified, approved foster homes. During this time,
the biological family is able to work out their problems in order
for the child to return home.
How Long Are Children in Foster Care?
Every case is different. Some
children are in foster care only a few months and some may end up
being adopted. The child’s length of stay all depends on the
circumstances of their placement and the cooperation of the biological
What Must I Provide for a Foster Child?
There are many state regulations
concerning foster parents. However, the most important things
you must provide are food, clothing, shelter, and most of all love
and support. All of the other regulations and requirements will
be reviewed at orientation.
Will I Receive Support When Working
With a Foster Child?
Yes. A case manager will be
assigned to you upon the placement of a child. This caseworker will
maintain weekly contact with you and the child. The agency has 24
hours, 7 days a week emergency on-call service.
What if a child comes to me with nothing?
In some cases, children do come to
us with just the clothes on their back. Of course discuss
the situation with your case manager because they may be able to
get an emergency clothing allowance for some of these cases.
Do I have to own a home?
No. You may rent a home or
apartment. As long as the child(ren) have enough space and are not
sharing a bedroom with an adult, it is alright to rent your property.
Do I have to be married?
No. Singles are welcome also.
Is it alright if I have pets?
Yes. We would like to meet
your pets. We also need a copy of their up-to-date rabies vaccinations
if you have dogs and/or cats.
Can I choose what child characteristics
I would like?
Yes. We will ask you what
age-range, sex, race and religion you would like to work with.
Do the children each need their own
No. Children can share rooms
if there is adequate space. Bunk-beds are fine. Children under 5 years
of age can share a bedroom with a child of the opposite
sex. Each child must have his or her own bed.
Can I reach the agency after hours for emergencies?
Yes. There is a 24-hour on-call service. Simply call your program
office and speak with the answering service that will notify
the on-call manager to contact you about your emergency.
What if the foster child needs counseling
New Foundations may refer a child to be evaluated for treatment
to determine whether therapy services are appropriate. If it is
determined that services should be provided, New Foundations will
coordinate with CBH and the referred agency to coordinate therapeutic
services for the child and family.
Do foster children have severe behavior problems?
No. Typically children with severe behavior problems are sent to
therapeutic homes or group homes with other agencies. our children
may have emotional issues because of the traumas they have experienced.
Sometimes their experiences cause them to act out in inappropriate
ways, however you will always have support from the
agency as well as training on how to discipline effectively.