Treasure Coast Foster

Be a Foster Parent

Place of Hope Treasure Coast

Place of Hope
For over 15 years, Place of Hope has been restoring hope to abused & neglected children. We are a unique faith-based,state-licensed children’s organization providing family-style foster care (emergency and long-term); family outreach and intervention; maternity care; safety for victims of domestic minor sex trafficking; transitional housing and support services; foster care recruitment and support; hope and healing opportunities for children and families who have been traumatized by abuse and neglect throughout our region.

Homes of Hope – Traditional Foster Care
Homes of Hope recruits people of faith to partner with our mission and assists them in becoming licensed foster families. The program trains and supports people of faith, enabling them to take placement of foster children, ranging from newborns to teens, into their own home. Children who have been afflicted by abuse and/or neglect throughout the region are given the opportunity to experience the healing and stability they desperately deserve. Our foster families are given ongoing resources, as well as emotional and spiritual support to care for children in need.

THE NEED

  • 963 Children Under DCF Supervision
  • 600 Children Removed From Their Homes
  • 252 Children Placed Into Licensed Care
  • 138 Children in Traditional Foster Homes
  • 114 Children Placed Out of Circuit
  • 36 Children Who Were Removed Last Month
  • 159 Foster Homes Available
  • 57 Independent Living, Aged-Out Youth

BE A FOSTER PARENT

Place of Hope’s program, Homes of Hope, in partnership with ChildNet and Devereux, gathers members of the faith community to support children and families that are hurting throughout our region. With offices in Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, Hobe Sound and Port St. Lucie, Place of Hope licenses and supports foster families in Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties. A child or sibling group will be placed in your home and live with you until the permanent plan has been decided. This can be anywhere from a week to well over a year. The permanent plan for the child or sibling group is to find the safest option for them; whether it be reunifying with their birth family or finding a forever family. More than half of all children return to their birth families.

These children are our region’s most vulnerable children! They have suffered various types of abuse and neglect, but you can provide hope and healing! Our team at Place of Hope is deeply committed to supporting you from your initial inquiry all the way through raising foster children in your home. We understand that the process is lengthy and laden with paperwork, but we assure you that it is all worth it. Throughout it all, you can rest assured that you will never be alone.

We have been praying for God to provide people like you!

Attend an Orientation

To better answer any preliminary questions, please attend one of our orientations. This brief meeting will give you all the information you need to be certain that you want to proceed with the licensing process. We know that being a foster parent is not for everyone; it is a specific calling from God.
The decision is not to be made lightly, so we encourage you to ask as many questions as you can before you begin.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2017 | 6:30 P.M.
Every 3rd Thursday

Treasure Coast – Port St. Lucie
10250 SW Village Pkwy
Port Saint Lucie

OCTOBER 2, 2017 | 6:30 P.M.
Every 1st Monday

Christ Fellowship Stuart Campus
10205 SW Pratt Whitney Rd.
Stuart

NOVEMBER 6, 2017 | 6:30 P.M.
Every 1st Monday

Christ Fellowship Stuart Campus
10205 SW Pratt Whitney Rd.
Stuart

Please RSVP to homesofhope@placeofhope.com with the date that you would like to attend!

Steps to Licensing

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PARTNERSHIP IN PARENTING CLASS (PIP)

After you’ve attended an orientation, every prospective foster parent must complete the PIP class. This 21-hour class is offered in a variety of formats to accommodate different schedules. In this class, you will not only gain the tools necessary to successfully parent a foster child, but you will also get to know and interact with our staff in the process.

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HOMEWORK AND PROFILES

At the beginning of the PIP Class, you will receive a packet containing homework and your family profile. Your trainer will make sure that you successfully complete all of the paperwork. At the completion of the class, you will receive a PIP certificate.

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HOME VISITS

After you begin the PIP classes, our staff will complete two one-hour home visits with you. The initial meeting will give us an opportunity to go over your licensing packet and answer any questions that you might have. You do not need to be prepared to accept a child at this time, as we will thoroughly explain how to get your home ready and what changes might need to be made. If you are married, we ask that your spouse attend this meeting as well. The second home visit will be scheduled after we have all of your paperwork and screenings and are ready to finalize your home study for submission. This will be another opportunity for you to clear up any remaining questions about the process of licensing. At this visit, it is important that all household members are in attendance.

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PAPERWORK, SCREENINGS & INSPECTION

At the initial home visit, you will receive a licensing packet that contains most of the paperwork that must be completed to continue the process. We are here if you have questions along the way. After the initial meeting, we will request an inspection of your home as well as local, county, state and national background screenings for you and your family. When all of these items are completed, we will return for our second home visit to have you sign the final paperwork and sign off on the narrative home study we have written on your family. Your file will then be submitted to DCF for approval after which you will receive your Foster Parent License.

“I align my family with Place of Hope because I see the support they offer their foster families and the level of excellence they use in everything they do. I also love they are faith based and train families on Godly principles.“

Cristy Brown, Angel Mom, Sea of Hope Co-Chair

To learn more, please contact our Recruitment Specialist.