We believe the best place for a child is in a family home rather than in our emergency shelter or in a group home. We are currently looking for foster parents for children of all ethnic backgrounds and ages. Our greatest need is to find foster families who will share their home with sibling groups, special needs children and youth (11-17 years).
Types of Foster and Adoptive Homes
EMERGENCY FOSTER HOMES
Emergency Foster Homes (EFH) care for children up to age twelve. Children are placed in these homes after it has been found that their current living situation puts them at immediate risk. The goal is to stabilize and thoroughly assess
each child’s needs within a 59 day assessment phase. During this time, a concurrent (FostAdopt) or concurrent relative home (please see below) for the child is identified that can provide ongoing foster care while the child and the child’s family are provided services to reunify as a family. Sometimes emergency foster families care for children past this assessment phase and Emergency Foster Homes may be considered to become the child’s concurrent foster home.
CONCURRENT FOSTER HOME
Concurrent families (also called FostAdopt) can be relatives or foster parents who provide foster care for children while reunification services are provided to the child and his or her birth parents. Concurrent (FostAdopt) home families actively support reunification efforts, and are also willing to provide a permanent home if it is not possible for the child to reunify with their parents.
RESPITE CARE HOME
Respite care homes provide services for foster parents who may need a short term break from caring for a child in their home for up to 72 hours. This may be for several reasons, such as family emergencies, work related issues or other challenges or unusual circumstances facing a child’s foster family. Deciding to become a foster parent is a big decision and should not be taken lightly. Foster parents are an extremely important part of the social service and mental health system in the treatment of our children and youth in foster care. In many cases the bond you form with these children will be life long and your impact on them during this time is crucial to their development. You can make a difference in a child’s life. To learn how to become a foster parent, select the link below.
(link: Steps to becoming a foster parent