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Child Foster Care Homes
As a prospective foster parent you should:
Make inquiry to a local child placing agency. Child placing agencies are operated by:
Receive an orientation regarding foster care and the agency. Orientation will consist of:
If still interested in becoming a foster parent, complete and sign a foster home license application.
Upon receipt of a completed and signed application, the agency will begin the foster home study process. This process includes the following steps:
What happens next ?
All of the information obtained is evaluated and the agency makes a recommendation regarding whether a license should be issued or denied.
If the recommendation is made to issue a license, the agency then will make decisions regarding the:
The issuance of a foster home license is not a guarantee that children will be placed with your family.
If the recommendation is made to deny the license, you will have the right to contest the decision.
What else do I need to know ?
Timeframes: The process of becoming licensed as a foster home usually takes from between 2 and 6 months. The length of time varies depending on workloads of licensing staff, availability of the necessary information, conducting the health inspection, zoning clearances for group homes and the cooperation of the foster family members.
License Length: An original 1st provisional license is good for 6 months. During this time the agency confirms that the family is serving foster children in the manner required. At the end of this period of time, the agency can recommend the renewal of the license or the refusal to renew the license. If renewed, a regular license has an effective period of 2 years.
Due Process: You have the right to:
Caring for a foster child is generally temporary. Reuniting families is usually the goal.
Each child coming into the foster care system must be evaluated to determine what type of foster family will best meet and serve the needs of the child.
A child should not be placed until there is a match between the foster family's skills and the child's needs.
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