Four local agencies and multiple Abilene churches came together to make a video about how to become a foster parent in Abilene.
Facts about Foster Parenting
- Singles and married couples can become licensed to provide foster care with no expectation or commitment to adopt
- Families can choose to foster children with or without special needs, individual children or sibling groups and children within age ranges of the families choosing
- Families can be licensed to provide “respite” or relief care for foster parents on a short-term basis
- Families can also support foster families in their church or community in a variety of meaningful and practical ways
Facts About Fostering to Adopt
- Some families choose to be licensed to foster with the intent of adopting that child
- Once licensed, these families are carefully matched with children in foster care who are waiting for families
- Only children whose parental rights have already been terminated would be matched
- This type of adoption is virtually cost-free to the adoptive family and many times includes helpful benefits provided by the state
- If the child is eligible, these benefits may include various services, college tuition assistance and other financial stipends
- These families meet the same requirements as traditional foster parents
To learn more about questions you may have while considering adoption, read this free e-magazine that may answer many of your questions:
Foster Parent Requirements:
Requirements for becoming a licensed foster or adoptive parent can vary among agencies. Some of the basic common requirements are:
- Over the age of 21
- Clean criminal record
- Legal U.S. resident
- Space in the home adequate for a child
- Home that passes safety inspections
- Moral character and sound judgment deemed appropriate for parenting
- Required training and certifications
Foster Parents are:
- Responsible for meeting the emotional, physical, recreational, spiritual, material and safety needs of children
- Subject to rules (i.e., state standards) for care of children in their care monitored by CPS and/or a CPA (Child Placing Agency)
- Foster parents are reimbursed for caring for children in foster care
- The reimbursement is meant to cover the expenses of raising children; it is not considered ‘income’ and is intended to be spent on the needs of children
- In most cases, the daily reimbursement is around $20-$25 per day for each child
- Children in foster care are also generally eligible for Medicaid in order to provide for their medical and dental needs
- In some cases funds are available to reimburse foster parents for a portion of their childcare costs
Beltway Park partners with several local agencies to provide foster parent training. Below are the names of some local agencies who other foster parents at Beltway Park have used. If you have friends who foster, be sure to ask your friends which agency they have used and ask about their experiences. You are absolutely welcome to ask your questions to each agency before signing with one particular agency for training.
Some great questions to ask each agency are:
- What training and post-placement supervision do you offer?
- What is the assessment process for potential foster or adoptive families?
- Do you have any unique agency requirements?
- Do you offer respite licensing so that our friends or family can help us in our foster journey? If so, how often?
Abilene, TX- Brownwood, TX - Wichita Falls, TX
Christian Homes of Abilene
1202 Estates Drive
Abilene, TX 79602
Pathways Youth and Family Services
4150 Southwest Dr. #216
Abilene TX 79606
Saint Francis Community Services
1350 North 10th Street, Suite 6
Abilene TX 79601-4140
Several times per year Beltway Park partners with a group of agencies to provide training so that you can babysit for another foster parent. We desperately need more babysitters to provide help for our foster parents. This allows them much better longevity in their role as foster parent. On this training day, you can attend one training and get certified to help with multiple agencies. The 4 agencies who are participating in this training are Saint Francis Community Services, New Horizons and Methodist Children’s Home and Christian Homes of Abilene. This is a collaboration of several local churches as well. For information on the next training date, click here: www.beltway.org/abilenecares.