Opportunities to Foster
Fostering Each Child
There’s more than one way to bring the strength of foster care to children. For one child, foster care might mean a stay of only a few nights with a foster family. For a brother and sister, it might mean waiting with an aunt while their mom gets back on her feet.
As every child is beautifully different, there is a strength in the many ways foster care is built to meet a child right where they are…just as they are.
Learn more about the many ways fostering can care for a child.
Traditional Foster Care
Traditional foster parents care for a child or sibling group, of any age. It is an opportunity to provide a safe, nurturing home to children in state custody for an unspecified amount of time. These foster parents help the children in their home, and together, their families begin the journey towards healing.
Just like all families, all foster children are different and have varying needs. Some foster children require additional support and we look to find the right homes for the right children.
STARS training required. See details here.
Relative/Kinship Foster Care
This is the first type of placement we search for when a child is removed from their home. Relative foster parents are contacted directly by us when a child they know needs a foster placement. As a relative or kinship foster parent, you are licensed only to care for a child you know directly. You don’t have to be related to the youth needing care, but must know them personally and be part of their lives. For example, you could be a coach, mentor, teacher, aunt or cousin. The training for relative foster care is different and shorter than traditional foster care (only 9 hours).
Training required. See details here.
Respite Foster Care
Respite, or temporary care, is an important form of care within the foster care program. Respite care is provided to a foster or adopted child for a short period of time by someone other than the primary caregivers. Respite care gives foster, adoptive, and kinship parents and children the chance to have short, regular periods of time apart. It can help to prevent caregivers from experiencing compassion fatigue and burnout. Respite care can provide care for as little as 6 hours up to a few days depending on the foster family’s needs. While we need respite providers we are currently only looking for new respite-only foster homes for teenagers at this time.
Online training required. See details here.
Therapeutic Foster Care/Community Treatment Home
This is the highest level of foster care. Children who fair best in these types of homes have most likely experienced chronic trauma and require individualized care and support to heal. These foster parents have received highly specialized training to meet the needs of children/youth with emotional, behavioral and physical challenges. Foster parents have the additional support of a clinical treatment team to help identify and achieve specific parenting goals in their home. To learn more about becoming a Treatment Foster Home, please click on the link below.
Training required. See details here.
Elevated Needs Care
All types of foster care help a child heal. Some children require a little more patience, positive reinforcement, guidance or medical help to begin the healing process. Children who have experienced trauma sometimes need additional support and require foster parents who are able to do a little more. Additional training and support is provided to help foster parents create the right home environment for these children.
Often, these “elevated needs” can simply be seen as more specific needs than children in “traditional” foster homes. To help foster parents understand the extent or type of need, your licensing worker will help you navigate the details and ensure you are equipped to help these children.
STARS Training, plus additional specialized training required. See details here.