Children enter foster care when they've been in situations in which they've been abused, neglected, have experienced a significant loss, or have otherwise not had their needs met. The experience of being taken out of their home can bring about feelings of confusion, anxiety, fear, grief, anger, and loss of control. Providing care for young people that have all of these experiences and feelings can be difficult, but for those who make the commitment, it can be a rewarding and life changing experience!
Therapeutic Foster parents are very special people. They bring children in need into their homes and into their hearts for days, months, and years, and sometimes permanently. They provide a combination of hard work and heart work. Through the giving of time, energy, love, guidance, and patience, therapeutic foster parents make a difference in the lives of the children and families in need.
Most people don’t decide to become a therapeutic foster parent overnight. It’s something that they take time to think about it, discuss it with their family, and even pray about it – and that’s a good thing!
We want you and your family to be comfortable with your choice to open your heart and your home to a youth or a sibling group in need. And we want you to know that if you feel called to pursue becoming a therapeutic foster parent, we’ll be with you, every step of the way!
The process to become a therapeutic foster parent involves a series of steps designed to allow us to get to know you, your family, and your motivation to become a foster parent, and to help us determine the type of foster child that would best fit into your family. The process is also a time for you to get to know more about foster parenting, SCYAP, and how as a therapeutic foster parent, you can make a difference in the life of a youth, a family, and even your community.
To begin the process of becoming a therapeutic foster parent, you will meet with our specially trained staff who will walk you through the process of gathering the required documentation, scheduling your foster parenting training, conducting your family assessment or “home study” and working with you each step of the way to become a licensed therapeutic foster parent.
It’s not too hard to become a therapeutic foster parent but there are some minimum requirements that you, your family, and your home must meet.
You must be at least 21 years of age.
You can be male or female and any race or religion.
You can be single, married, widowed, divorced, or have a room-mate or life partner.
You don’t have to have a lot of money to be a therapeutic foster parent, but you do need to be able to make ends meet. Therapeutic Foster parents must show that they can take on the additional expenses of having additional children in their home and they cannot be dependent upon the daily foster parent payment as their source of income.
You can be a therapeutic foster parent whether you own or rent your home. It do