Many people think for a long time about welcoming a child into their home through foster care or adoption. Whether you are an older adult or a younger adult, single, or married, a working or a stay-at-home-parent, a home owner or renter, adoption or foster care may be a good option for you. The questionnaire below will help you determine if foster or adoptive parenting is the best choice for you now.
Am I motivated to foster?
You have educational, work related or positive personal experiences working/raising children and you would like to be able to help a child in need find his/her way in life.
I am ready to begin a home study now?
You are ready to begin the home study if your life and home are stable. “Stable” means that you are not about to move and are not having financial, marital or emotional difficulties or making any major life changes in the near future.
Am I in good health physically, mentally and emotionally?
Being a parent can be physically/emotionally demanding. You must be healthy and emotionally stable to care for foster/adoptive children. All those living in your home must have a health statement completed by a physician showing that you are free of communicable diseases.
Is my home safe?
During the home study, your home study practitioner will conduct a safety inspection of your home. You must have working smoke detectors, and a fire extinguisher
I am open to working with moderate behaviors?
Many of our children have experienced trauma and loss in their lives and can react by running away, stealing, lying, and physical and verbal aggression.
I am open to working with birth families?
Many of the children and youth we serve have regularly visits with family and kin. Being respectful and flexible with a child's birth parents is the best way to make that child feel safe and accepted and in turn this builds trust. At times you will see a child's birth parents during pick up and drop offs for visits and/or if appropriate you may be in touch with birth parent's to arrange visits or keep them up to date in regards to their child's well being.
I have not had a case of abuse or neglect?
If you have had a Child Protection complaint, you may not be able to become a foster parent. A CAS check will be conducted for every family.
I am able to attend training?
Every foster parent applicant must undergo a comprehensive home study assessment and be willing to complete on-going paper work as it pertains to the child/youth in their care. In addition, if and when approved as a foster parent minimally one parent will be required to attend monthly training sessions.
No adult in my home has been convicted of a crime?
If you or any adult living in your home has been convicted of certain criminal offenses, you cannot become a foster parent. Each adult member in your household over age 18 must complete a Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sectors Screening.
If you answer YES to all of the statements above, and you are interested in becoming a Foster Parent with ERS, learn more about what I have to offer you here.