FAMILY FOSTER CARE

Nothing

can dim

the light

that shines

from within.

 

-Maya Angelou

We provide an array of services and ongoing support for families who open their home to kids in foster care. Our skilled staff work with interested foster families, adoptive parents, and relative/kin providers to train and support them as they work to become licensed. We offer the initial training, assessment and then work to support these same families as children/youth are placed with them.  We have support groups and crisis services available to families after hours; and families who are sponsored by us tend to appreciate the individualized attention they receive from our staff.  We focus on assuring that families strengths and youths needs match so that success can be experienced by all.  Our goal is to give children a safe, loving family life experience during their stay in care. 

WHO ARE THE CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE

Children in foster care are regular kids who, through no fault their own, had to be removed from their families due to abusive or neglectful situations. Young people enter foster care when the courts determine they need to be temporarily or permanently removed from their current living situation because of challenges at home. Children are of all ages and ethnicities. The age varies from 0-18 with the average age being 9. The stay in foster care varies greatly, some for a few days and others a few years with the average length being 2 years. If possible, siblings are kept together but when there is no home available they have to be split up. 

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A FOSTER FAMILY? 

A foster family serves as a safe harbor for children while their family receives family strengthening services, such as counseling and therapy.  The goal of foster care is to provide children with a safe, nurturing environment while their parents of origin improve their ability to care for their children, remove any threats to the child’s safety and well-being from the environment and, ultimately, reunite with their children. 

WHO CAN BE A FOSTER PARENT

  • Adults over Age 18

  • Married or Single

  • House or Apartment

  • Own or Rent

  • Families with or Without Children

  • Meet Basic Safety Requirements

  • Wage Earners (large or small)

  • People with patience and lots of love to share!

For some people the idea of opening their home to a foster child seems like an understandably overwhelming commitment. Did you know there are many different types of foster homes that are in high demand including short term specialized homes? Because life is unpredictable: emergencies arise, parents need a rest, and unforeseen circumstances make these short term homes a welcome addition to our foster family program. We also look for families who take one child, sibling sets or multiple children, or children with special physical or mental health needs. There may be a non-traditional fostering situation is just right for you!​

HOW TO BECOME A FOSTER PARENT

  • Ability to provide a save, stable, nurturing and loving home 

  • Pass Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Child Abuse Registry Checks

  • Complete 30 hours of training in PS-MAPP (Partnering for Safety and Permanence - Model Approach to Partnerships in Parent)

  • Pass all health and safety checks as required for licensure

  • Work with The Children's Shelter to jointly assess the types of children's needs you are best equipped to meet

  • You will receive monthly financial support and medical coverage for the child, and compensated if a child has special needs

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