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Qualifications of a Therapeutic Foster Parent

ALL ABOUT FOSTERING

There are many stigmas associated with the foster system – it is a lot of work, there isn’t enough financial aid, the kids are trouble, it is dangerous and scary – but you can overcome every one of these fears with the right skills to support your family.

 

That is where our training comes in – we offer training for your entire family, to help you understand the situations the foster children are coming from and successfully integrate with your family. Our goal is the long term success for you, the child, and your entire family.

10 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

1.) You are Not Alone.

As a foster family with Kingdom Kids Child Placing Agency, you are connected to our system of professionals and all the foster families we work with. You’ll have support and guidance all along the way.

2.) The Kids Need You.

Foster children aren’t difficult, trouble, or dangerous for your family. They just need the support and guidance from a caring parent who understands and truly cares about them.

3.) Fostering is the Better Alternative.

Children who enter the foster care system come from far worse situations, like negative home atmospheres, dangerous violence or drug abuse in the home, or homeless shelters for children.

4.) It’s a Family Decision.

Fostering a child affects everyone living in the home, including other adults and biological children. We will work for success for your entire family – not just the foster child.

5.) You Will Have Help.

Foster families receive financial reimbursement for their commitment and dedication to the children they help serve. This stipend is tax free, and will help support you, the child, and your family.

6.) It Takes More Than Love.

Love and passion are needed, but they are not enough. Kingdom Kids Child Placing Agency works with you to develop the skill set to work with trauma and educate for success in our training program.

7.) You Need to Apply.

The application process for becoming a licensed foster provider takes up to 90 days and individuals will incur charges for applicable background checks. Kingdom Kids Child Placing Agency charges no fee to facilitate your licensure.

8.) The Work Starts Before the Child Arrives.

Training starts from the very beginning. You must complete training before you are eligible for placement of a child.

9.) It’s a Learning and Growing Process.

You can’t expect to have all the answers at the beginning. As a foster parent, you must complete additional hours of training every year. Kingdom Kids Child Placing Agency will work with you to provide the support and training you need for your unique family.

10.) We Give you the Tools for Success.

Through the training available at Kingdom Kids Child Placing Agency is designed to give you the skill set to work with trauma, understand what it means, and create an environment for success in your family.

Our organization offers unique and in-depth training to meet the requirements for your licensure, and we offer resources and recommend vendors for those we are not able to provide internally (like CPR or First Aid training). We even open up our trainings to families that were not placed using our agency – we care about the success of your family, not where you filed the paperwork.

We are committed to the success of the families and children we place. We make every resource available to you and work with you one-on-one to achieve the best fit and home environment in your foster family.

 

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What a Foster Parent Looks Like.

  • A responsible, mature, healthy adult who is capable of meeting the needs of children in care
  • At least 21 years of age
  • A legal resident of the United States
  • No criminal record or history of abusing children
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Have been single, married, divorced, or widowed continuously for the preceding one year
  • Not be dependent on reimbursement from foster parenting to support your family
  • Willing to abide by a policy of no physical discipline (spanking, etc.)
  • Complete a foster parent application (with references)
  • Have a driver’s license, auto insurance, and dependable transportation
  • Have renters or home owners insurance
  • Have a bedroom of at least 80 square feet for one foster child or 40 square feet per child if children share a bedroom
  • Complete the required hours of pre-service, prevention and management of aggressive behaviors (PMAB), and psychotropic medication
  • Pass environmental health and fire safety home inspections
  • Be certified in CPR and First Aid (and maintain certification)
  • Negative Tuberculosis Skin Test
  • Participate in 30 hours of training annually
  • Proof of current pet vaccinations (if applicable)
  • Home’s floor plan (including dimensions and use for each room)
  • Home Weapons Inventory
  • Marriage license(s) (if applicable)
  • Divorce Decree(s) (if applicable)
  • Cleared DPS, Central Registry, and FBI Check