What is Foster Care?
Foster Care is a service, which provides a family life experience in an approved household for children who temporarily cannot remain in their homes and whose needs can best be met in a foster family setting. The basic purposes of foster care are:
- To provide a safe, nurturing environment, which promotes the child’s maximum growth and development
- To work toward achievement of the permanence goal of the child.
Foster children come from all sectors of our community, from all cultural backgrounds. They may come from homes torn apart by illness, drugs, and/or alcohol. Some have been physically, emotionally, or sexually abused. They deserve to have a loving family.
The Foster Parent
As a foster parent, you become a key member of a team that sets the goals and contributes to the plan for each child in your care. You take part in important decisions affecting the child’s future. You will work closely with an experienced Case Worker, the worker’s supervisor, consulting therapists, birth parents, the school, and other community agencies when needed.
Do You Qualify?
- Are you able to…
- Open your heart to a child in need,
- Share your time and your family,
- Be flexible,
- Work together with TRY as a team,
- Help a child maintain relationships with family by assisting with visitations,
- Help the child in your care find a permanent home, a “forever family”,
- Be a good listener,
- Perceive feelings and needs,
- Be objective not judgmental,
- Emphasize the positive,
- Let go when the time comes…