Foster parents give a safe and temporary home for children who are in crisis. They become a part of the child’s care, treatment and support programs. They work together with the child’s social worker, doctors, teachers and attorney. It is not a passive act of opening one’s home and providing food, clothing, and shelter. It is a relationship where there is love, nurturing and advocacy.
The children who have been taken from their birth family homes for reasons of neglect, abuse, abandonment, or other issues endangering their health and/or safety need foster homes. These children are filled with confusion, a sense of powerlessness, anger, fear and confusion for having to leave the only home they have ever known. Some have emotional, physical, developmental or behavioral problems.
Financial support is offered by all states. The amount given is different for every state. You must be able to prove that without having to use any of the income from foster parenting, your current family needs can be met. Many states also offer day care, clothing and/or day camp allowances.
To become a foster parent, you need to have the following requirements:
•Must be at least 21 years old.
•You have enough bed and rooms in your home for a foster child to sleep and keep his or her belongings.
•Fire, safety, sanitary standards for your home should be met.
•Emotionally and physically capable of caring for children and have no drug or alcohol abuse problems.
•You must have no substantiated record of abusing or neglecting children and pass a criminal background check.
•You do not need to depend on the foster care reimbursement you receive from the state as income.