What types of children are in need of foster homes?
Children of all ages, origins, ethnicity and backgrounds are in foster care. They are in the foster care system through no fault of their own. All are in need of hope and healing!
How long will a foster child be in my home?
The goal of foster care is to reunify children with their biological family. There is no “average” stay for children in foster homes. Some children may need a foster home for a few weeks while others will remain in your care for a year or more.
Do I have to have parenting experience to become a foster parent?
Parenting experience is helpful to prepare you for caring for a foster child, but it is not a necessity. We will provide you with a 21-hour Partnership in Parenting Training that teaches you about the child welfare system, trauma-informed care, and supporting your child’s healing and resiliency while in your home. In addition, you will be given ongoing support, direction and resources from Homes of Hope. For those seeking additional support, we have many experienced foster families who are available to mentor and provide encouragement to our newer foster families.
What if I become attached to my foster child?
You will become attached to your foster child and it will be difficult when they leave; however, knowing that you provided for a desperate need affirms the value of your commitment. Now more than ever, these children need to be shown unconditional love, hope, and faith. The love you pour into them will impact them for the rest of their lives.
Am I able to foster if I am single?
We have many single foster parents who successfully care for children.
Financially, can I afford to become a foster parent?
There is no base income requirement for foster families. Your household income must exceed your expenses and must be verifiable. A stipend is provided to foster parents each month to assist with the costs of caring for a child.
Do foster families need to be stay-at-home parents?
Many of our foster parents are employed in full-time jobs outside of the home. If you are working, you will qualify for a voucher good towards the fees at an approved daycare facility.
Will I have any “say” in the types of children for whom I am asked to care for?
Absolutely; Place of Hope will work with you to determine the number, age, and gender of children that would be most successful in your home. Once you are licensed, we will consult with you when a specific child is in need of a foster home and requires placement.
What type of support will I receive from Place of Hope as my child-placing agency?
We will be your first point of contact for most needs. Every foster family licensed through us is matched with a Family Support Specialist. This individual will complete your home study and provide ongoing encouragement and support throughout each placement. We also offer quarterly trainings, activities, and fellowship opportunities for our foster families.
What is the first step to becoming a licensed foster parent?
In order to begin the licensing process, applicants are required to attend an orientation offered by Place of Hope. This informational session provides details about the type of children we serve, the licensing process, and requirements for fostering. View our upcoming orientation dates. Upon completion of the orientation, individuals can register for the required 21-hour training.