1. Who are foster parents? Foster parents are people just like you! They are as diverse as our imaginations, all cultures, religions, lifestyles, and family make ups. They may have parented their own children or not. They can be older, younger, grandparents, married, partnered or single. they can live in a rural setting or in town, in an apartment, mobile home, or house.
2. Who are the children in treatment foster care?
They are survivors. Youth are 6-18 years old and have experienced traumas and abuses from which they have learned to cope inunhealthy ways. Our children are being treated for depression, attention disorders, substance abuse, trauma recovery and other issues due to the consequences of the things they have experienced. With your help, youth redeem their childhood and find healthy ways to cope. Their pasts may be different, but their journeys to healthy and safe ways of living are often very similar.
3. How does treatment foster care differ from regular foster care?
The youth in treatment foster care have higher needs than children in general foster care. To support their needs, treatment foster care provides services above and beyond regular care including 24 hour support from trained staff, therapy for the youth, a case manager to support the family in all aspects of their work, case aides or mentors to occasionally provide transportation and social skills training, and one weekend off a month for foster parents.
4. What are the basic requirements to become a treatment foster home? To be a foster parent you must:
Have the time and desire to make a difference in a child’s life
Be over the age of 21 and in good health to care for a child
Have sufficient income to support your family without the addition of foster care payments
Be able to complete an FBI and state background clearance
Be a homeowner or renter whose residence is deemed safe by the licensor
5. What type of support will KMHS-ICS provide?
We support our foster parents as they provide for our children with:
Training specific to the needs of you and your foster child
24 hour staff support for any crisis issue
Regular monthly weekend breaks
Professional role on the team
Generous reimbursement for each child
Youth receives weekly therapy and a mentor
All youth medical and treatment costs are covered
6. Do I have choice about the types of children placed in my home?
Yes. Our goal is to make this a positive experience for you, your family and your foster child. Before any child is placed in your home, you will have the opportunity to read his or her history to see if the placement would be a good match with your family.
7. How long will it take to be licensed?
On average, it will take between three and six months to get licensed once your application is received. You are invited to join our community of foster parents at meetings and trainings while you wait for your license to be completed. The sooner you get started, the sooner you can start helping children heal through foster care!
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