Everything you need to know about becoming a certified foster parent.
What Is Foster Care?
Foster care is family care for children who need a substitute home during periods when their own parents are unable to take care of them. It is a temporary situation. It can last for various periods of time, depending on the individual family situation. Some children may be reunified with their biological parents or relatives and others may need longer-term foster care.
Why are children placed in foster care?
Most often, children come into foster care due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment.
What areas do you service?
Currently, we service Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
How long will it take to be certified as a foster parent?
Typically, the certification process takes about three to four months. This largely depends on the applicant’s ability to complete all paperwork and pass a background check.
What are the costs associated to becoming a certified foster parent?
Although our Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting (M.A.P.P) class is free, you are responsible for criminal clearances, health and TB exam, DMV driving record, along with the cost associated to making any necessary improvements for your home.
Do I need to take classes in order to become a certified foster parent?
In order to become a certified foster parent you must successfully complete the Partnering for Safety and Permanence-Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting Class (P.S.M.A.P.P.) It is a five session class designed to give you more in depth information about the foster care process and the tools needed to deal with various situations you may encounter as a certified foster parent.
Do I have to own my home in order to become a certified foster parent?
It is not required that you own a home in order to become a certified foster parent. Although, it is a requirement that you have enough bedroom space in the home for everyone, including the foster child(ren).
How many children may sleep in one bedroom in my home at a time?
You may have a maximum of two children in each bedroom. The children must be the same gender and within five years age difference of one another. Exceptions to this rule include, if the children are under five years of age.
May I specify the ages and genders of the children placed in my home?
You are encouraged to specify the ages and genders of the children you feel will be suitable for your home and your family. This will allow us to find a perfect match for minors placed in your home and your family.
Are there vehicle requirements for foster parents?
You must provide a valid driver’s license, insurance, registration, vehicle inspection, and DMV driving record in order to become certified as a foster parent.
How long will a foster child be placed in my home?
It is difficult to give a specific length of time that a minor will be placed in your home. Often times, each case varies.
Will I receive payment for children placed in my home?
You will receive a monthly reimbursement for children placed in your home. The reimbursement is between $877.00 to $1,048.00, depending on the age of the children placed in your home. You will also receive a Medical card for each child in your care, which will cover medical/dental visits.