FAQs About Becoming a Therapeutic Foster Parent

What is foster care?

Foster Care is when children are placed in the custody of the state because they and their family need a little extra help at the time. They can be in custody for a short time or a long time depending on the need.

Why be a foster parent?

Children need you. Foster Parenting gives you a unique opportunity to positively impact the lives of children and their families. We all need assistance at some point in our lives and when we are willing to stand with people while they are having a difficult time it sends a strong message of respect and value for our fellow man(woman). The way we get through difficult times is by helping each other. When we reach out as a community as a person miraculous things can happen. Families and children are searching for you!

The children need you to help them. They are in a vulnerable place and they cannot get through these tough spots without someone willing to reach out to them. Life is hard and the children need a miracle. They need you to be that miracle.

Who can be a foster parent?

You must be 21 years of age or older. You can be married or single. You must have a high school diploma or a GED. If you have neither you must be able to demonstrate your ability to read and comprehend so that you can administer medications and complete documents when needed. You must also pass a criminal background check.

How is therapeutic foster care different then traditional foster care?

Therapeutic foster care children have additional special needs. Many of our children have behavioral problems, special medical needs or physical conditions. Therapeutic children do not have to be in the custody of the state, they can be placed by their parents who need an extra support with their child. All children in therapeutic care have a mental health diagnosis such as ADHD. The therapeutic foster parents have additional trainings concerning the diagnosis of the child and more supervision from a foster care specialist.

How do I become a foster parent?

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, call us or email us. We would love to talk to you in person or by phone about the requirements.

What are the requirements for becoming a foster parent?

You must complete 30 hours of training. There is an additional 10 hours of training for therapeutic parents. This training gives you the tools to decide if foster parenting is right for you and your family. There is additional training that will be provided by the agency to help you maintain your status as a therapeutic foster parent such as first aid, CPR, Medication Administration/Monitoring, North Carolina Interventions (how to de-escalate difficult situations).

What are the rewards of becoming a foster parent?

You have the opportunity to let a child know that they matter and they do not have to do life alone. You help turn around a difficult situation by showing a child and a family that there are people willing to help when needed. Knowing that there are people who will help you can change a child’s life forever and start a avenue of trust and healing.

Can’t foster full time. Try Respite Care.

Respite parents are relief parents who partner with full time foster parents to give them a break when they need time off. The licensure requirements are the same, so you have to go through all the classes and be licensed just like the full time foster parents. As a respite parents you will work one on one with the foster parent so also have backup in the event of illness or if they want to celebrate their wedding anniversary alone. It is the same as when your children were growing up you had a sitter so you could have time to yourself or time alone with your significant other.

Our agency also provides respite to parents who have children who have some special needs behaviorally or have chronic health issues. These families need someone with specialized training to assist them with their children. That much needed break for mom and dad can help preserve that family.

This is a commitment can be as short as one weekend a month and can make a huge difference for both biological families as well as foster parents.

Who do we contact to get involved?

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If you’d like to get started on the process of becoming a Therapeutic Foster Parent, give our office a call at (828) 687-3776.

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