CAREGIVERS

LEARN HOW YOU CAN CHANGE LIVES

Children who are entering or already in the foster care system have done nothing wrong.  They have been removed from their homes to ensure their safety, physical health and mental well-being.

They desperately need somewhere to live that is safe and nurturing. They need a caring person and a stable home for a few days, a few months, or perhaps forever.

A caregiver/foster parent is someone who provides a safe, stable, and loving home for a child or children and helps them reunite with their birth parents or a family member when the family problems have been resolved. On these pages, discover how you can become a foster parent and give a child in need a loving home for a day, a week, a month or forever

  • Relative Caregiver – Unlicensed

    As a relative you have taken in, or are thinking of taking in, a loved one who is a parenting foster youth. If you are not yet a Certified Whole Family Foster Home ("WFFH") becoming one allows you to receive additional financial assistance and resources.
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  • Tips On Talking About Sex

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    REMEMBER just because you are talking about sex with the youth does not mean that you are encouraging them to have sex. Rather you are making it more likely that they will make responsible decisions about sex. Here are a few tips to ease the conversation.
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  • Shared Responsibility Plan (“SRP”)

    The majority of foster youth have experienced trauma. Many of their most challenging behaviors are a result of these traumatic experiences. Abuse is traumatic, but trauma also takes many other forms...
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  • Become A Certified Whole Family Foster Home

    if you are caring for a teen parent and her non-detained baby, you can become a certified Whole Family Foster Home ("WFFH") and receive additional financial assistance...
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  • How To Become A Foster Parent

    The first step in becoming a foster parent is to attend an orientation program where you will learn more about the process. To register for an orientation meeting, you should call 1- (888) 811-1121.
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  • Domestic Violence

    Domestic violence includes all types of family relationships and intimate abuse. It is more than just physical abuse. It also involves verbal abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and controlling someone’s money.
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  • Mental Health Issues

    Many youth in foster care have mental health issues as a result of the abuse and neglect they have experienced; many of their challenging behaviors are a result of these past experiences. Mental health professionals can address these issues. Mental health care is free for youth in foster care.
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  • LGBTQ Youth Under Your Care

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    You are permitted to decide whether to accept and retain an individual child in your care. You are free to hold any beliefs you choose, but once you accept a child into your home you have a legal responsibility to provide care to the child without discrimination...
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  • Let’s Talk About Sex

    If the youth in your care has already had a child they are well aware of how a baby is made. What they may not know or understand is how to prevent another pregnancy or how to avoid getting a Sexually Transmitted Infection.
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  • Financial Support

    If you are caring for a child who is not your own, financial support should be available to you.
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