Becoming a Foster Parent
“Becoming a therapeutic foster parent with Community Care is really what made it all manageable for me. I have had children come into my home that really needed a lot of services. Other foster parents said that Community Care was the place to go. It’s not a job. It’s a life of purpose. The purpose is to change conditions for children. I see the difference in them. And I know I make a difference. I love Community Care. I am
completely, totally satisfied.”
~Current Foster Parent of Community Care~
Community Care works closely with foster parents throughout the licensing process. Our foster care developer works with the parent in their home to provide hands on assistance in the application process, including conducting the home study.
Once a foster home is licensed, the foster care developer will continue to support the home by ensuring licensing requirements are met, maintains training records, helps solve problems, placement matching and preparing for the renewal process. Foster parents often report that having the support of a foster care developer during the process helps make it both manageable and more comfortable.
There are two ways to become a therapeutic foster family:
- A home that has a DHHS family level foster care license may upgrade their license to a therapeutic license.
- If a family has documented work experience with children with special needs you may qualify for a therapeutic license without having been a foster parent before.
By becoming a treatment level foster parent and contracting with Community Care, foster parents receive a wide variety of supports, including but not limited to:
- Hands on assistance through the licensing and re-licensing process;
- Assignment of a case coordinator – which becomes a significant source of support to the foster parent and youth, ensuring the foster parent has the resources in place to meet their needs and the needs of their child;
- Assignment of a one to one worker for the child for skill building to help the child progress towards their goals;
- Support of a team to assist in identifying and accessing supports for the foster family and child and working together to meet the needs of the foster parent and child;
- Mileage reimbursement for treatment purposes;
- A stipend to cover the cost of having a foster child in your home (varies depending on the treatment level of your child);
- Financial support to attend training (Community Care pays the training and lodging costs for foster parents to attend the annual foster parent conference) and also provides several training opportunities each year to foster parents – including scheduled events that offer the opportunity for kids to participate in skill building groups while the foster parent is in training;
- Clinical support and consultation to support you in caring for child;
- Assistance in coordinating respite
- 24 hour on call support; and
- Opportunity to network with other parents.
If you are interested in knowing more about being a treatment level foster parent we would be happy to talk with you and answer all of your questions.
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