Many of us have positive childhood memories … of successful days at school, happy times with friends, the predictability and pleasure of family meals, and the loving arms of parents who kept us safe from harm. As a foster parent, you can provide this same kind of care and support to a child in your community who has been removed from an unsafe home environment while their natural parents are receiving the services needed to stabilize the family and home. Being a foster parent brings joy and fulfillment! At Children First Foster Family Agency, we are deeply committed to both our foster children and our foster families. We are diligent in providing the support necessary to make the fostering experience healthy and healing. Learn more about becoming a foster parent, and other ways you can help the children.
In choosing the vital role of foster parent, you help to mold a child’s world in a positive way, allowing them to reach a fuller potential and develop into a responsible future citizen in their community. For foster parents who have biological children at home, this experience teaches your own children the value of empathy and giving back to those who are in need. In many instances, lifelong connections between foster children and their foster families develop, bringing much joy to all through this extended family relationship. Are you interested in creating an opportunity for children to learn and grow? Do you have a desire to strengthen your community and preserve families who are experiencing a time of need?
Changing times – Changing language
You may have noticed that we are using the term Resource Family interchangeably with Foster Parent. The primary reason for this is the government’s decision to morph language to better fit the needs of children and the aspirations of the child welfare system. Here’s how they define it:
“A Resource Family is any individual, couple, or family who wants to provide care to a related or unrelated child (or children) who is under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court, or otherwise in the care of a county child welfare agency or probation department.”
Along with the name change, the child welfare system has also increased the depth of the approval process. Their objective is to create a Resource Family Approval Program that is streamlined, family-friendly and a child-centered process. The good news about this approval process is that once approved, Resource Families may be considered for foster care, guardianship and adoption placements, depending on the Resource Family’s goals.