Responsibilities:

  • Providing 24/7 care, support, nurturance and supervision to the child until his/her family can resume responsibility or an alternate permanent family can be located
  • Supporting a child’s cultural and ethnic identity
  • Providing positive, instructive non-physical discipline
  • Meeting the child’s needs for learning, recreation, positive mental & physical health and healthy relationships
  • Assisting the child and birth family in transitioning back home or to an alternate permanent family
  • Maintaining appropriate confidentiality
  • Complying with all agency policies and procedures

Rewards:

  • The chance to help children feel good about themselves
  • A feeling of pride in doing a meaningful and important job
  • Overcoming challenging experiences
  • The opportunity to meet and work with new people
  • The knowledge that you are changing a child or adolescent’s life for the better
  • A chance to use special talents and knowledge
  • The opportunity to make a lifetime of difference for a child or adolescent

What Services do Foster Parents Receive?

Resource parents are not “in it alone.” They receive the following assistance for the care of their foster child or youth:

  • Financial assistance
  • Medicaid (medical coverage)
  • Child Care
  • WIC (Women, Infants and Children)
  • Reimbursement for special needs/events
  • Access to a resource parent support group
  • On-going training on relevant topics
  • Ongoing support from your foster home coordinator and the child’s foster care social worker
  • Access to a resource parent contingency fund for damage, loss done by a foster child or youth