1. What are the requirements of a foster parent?
Foster parents must:
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Have income to financially support themselves and family members
- Be in good physical and mental health
- Be willing to support foster children’s contact with their biological parents, and to cooperate with the agency’s efforts to reunite them with their families or prepare them for adoption or independent living.
- Meet all application, assessment, and training requirements
2. How does the agency decide which children to place in your home?
Children are placed in a foster home by matching their needs with their foster parent’s abilities. The foster parent selects the Level of Care (LOC) and age group of the children they would like to foster.
3. What types of children are in foster care?
Children of all ages, origin, ethnicity and backgrounds come into foster care. Special needs vary but what these children have in common is their need for a loving family and a place to call home. The Jameson Center is in particular need of parents who:
- Can stay at home to care for infants and preschool children
- Are interested in helping teenagers work toward independence
- Can care for children with medical needs or mental retardation
- Are bilingual (English/Spanish) and interested in opening their homes to teenagers from Central America, South America, and Mexico
4. What types of people are foster parents?
Caring people just like you are fostering children. Foster parents are people who want to provide a nurturing, safe and loving environment. They have a little love to spare, a little room to spare, and they understand that these children benefit tremendously from both. They are willing to protect, heal, strengthen, comfort, guide and uplift, and in doing so change the lives and futures of children who previously lacked hope.
5. What is the process of becoming a foster parent?
While length of time varies from case to case, the process for becoming a foster parent will generally include but is not limited to:
- Prospective Foster Parent Interest Form
- Information Meeting
- Foster Parent Application and Required Documents
- Family Preparation and Evaluation
- Training Program and Additional Pre-Placement Trainings
- Home Monitoring and Home Study (home assessment for placement compatibility, children’s safety and available space. All homes must meet standards enumerated in the Minimum Standards and Guidelines for Child-Placing Agencies)