Foster Care – Frequently Asked Questions
Some questions that are frequently asked regarding foster care
Fostering children is good and is very rewarding. People have a lot of questions to be answered before starting foster care. Some of the commonly asked questions are presented in this article. However, if you have more questions, you can contact the respective agents or a ministry resource social worker.
Read the complete article to learn the answers to the most common questions regarding foster care!
Do I have a choice about who I foster?
Yes. You can specify the age and gender of a child who will ‘fit in’ best with your family. And you are always involved in deciding which child will live in your home. The child, especially a youth, also needs to be involved in the decision.
Whenever possible the child or youth’s worker will arrange a pre-placement visit so both you and the child or youth will have the opportunity to get to know each other. Although, there will be circumstances where a pre-placement visit is not possible.
How much are foster parents paid?
Foster care is not employment. Families choose to foster because of a concern for children and desire to contribute something special to their community. There is a monthly maintenance payment to foster parents to cover the direct costs of caring for a child. However, foster parents are not expected to give up employment. There is also a service payment available for the three levels of specialized foster care. The service payment recognizes the primary foster parent’s special parenting skill and extra time required to meet the needs of a child, but is not considered to be employment income.
How long will a child stay with me?
The stay will vary with the circumstances. Every effort is made to have children who are in care return to their families as soon as possible. When this in not possible, arrangements are made for an alternate permanent living arrangement. Sometimes children do not return home and are not adopted, particularly youths. So although foster placements are usually temporary, you may be asked to continue to foster a youth to independence. This is a significant responsibility and requires a special commitment.
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