Frequently Asked Questions: Foster Care
At The Children’s Home, we are excited to celebrate our wonderful foster children and families and we hope you will be inspired to get involved with our foster care program today. We’re not all called to do the same thing, but we are all called to do something.
What does the Bible say about fostering children?
A. The Bible says, “Religion that God accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” —James 1:27 (NIV)
Who can foster?
A. Our foster parents are a diverse group of families and individuals who meet the following criteria:
• Over 25 years old
• Appropriate housing for children
• Income must be verifiable
• Desire to share their home with children
How can I help?
A. You can help The United Methodist Children’s Home recruit new foster parents or become a foster parent yourself. Attend an informational meeting to learn more. If you aren’t able to open your home right now, we have so many other ways you can get involved. Learn more: www.fosterRSVP.com
Where are your informational meetings held?
A. We hold informational meetings at both our Decatur and Gainesville offices as well as in other settings, such as churches, as requested. We also offer IMPACT training, which helps prepare you for a positive foster experience. www.fosterRSVP.com
How does The Children’s Home foster care ministry work?
A. The Children’s Home recruits, trains, and approves foster families, who are then assigned to one of our foster care workers. We place referred children with a foster family that will be an ideal fit and a loving, compassionate, and nurturing home. Children also receive appropriate services to help them heal from the trauma they have experienced.
Our family-centered approach creates a partnership between the child’s birth and foster families to increase the likelihood that the child may permanently return to his or her birth family. When this is not possible, The Children’s Home assists with the process of establishing a permanent home for the child or children.
We also help:
• Train and support foster parents;
• Assess, plan, and coordinate services for foster children;
• Advocate for foster children within the court, education, and DFCS systems;
• Collaborate and create partnerships within the community for the benefit of children and birth families;
• Supervise biological parent-child visitations; and
• Maintain a 24/7 after-hours intake and support line.
What is The Children’s Home history with foster care and goals for the future?
A. The Children’s Home has had a foster care ministry since 1973. We consistently exceed Georgia’s standards for foster care providers and maintain the highest performance scores in the areas of permanency, safety, and well-being of children. Our program is faith based, and our staff and foster parents understand that we seek to show God’s love to children and families. We offer quality service with specialized staff, an intensive staff-to-client ratio, and accreditation from the Council on Accreditation and EAGLE.
We have an expansion plan to help us grow from serving 90 children a day to 500 by 2020! By the end of 2016, our goal is to be serving 124 children a day.
Can I sign up online to get more information?
Of course! Contact our foster program today using our online form. We look forward to hearing from you!
If I can’t foster right now but want to get involved, are there other opportunities for me?
A. Absolutely! Our foster families need support from their community. We need volunteers to surround, support, and love these foster families. Learn about simple ways everyone can get involved in foster care today.
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