Since foster children have been removed from their parents or primary caretakers, they often have special needs. Most are age 5 or older and arrive with emotional and behavioral challenges because of the abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment they have suffered. Many have siblings; keeping the children together is a priority.
Who can foster and/or adopt?
Methodist Home for Children does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, marital status or employment status. Specific state requirements do exist. For example, you must be between the ages of 21 and 65. You can be single or married, but couples must have been married for at least one year before becoming licensed. You must be in generally good health, and be able to support yourself financially without dependency on foster care board payments.
How much information will I have about a child placed in my home?
A child will not be placed with you without your consent. You have a choice about which child or children are placed in your home. The amount and type of information about children varies, but we will try to give you as much information as possible so you can make informed decisions about whether or not a particular child is a good fit for your family.
Our goal is to complete a thorough assessment for all children in our care. If time does not permit us to conduct this assessment prior to a child’s placement, we conduct it within the first 30 days of his or her stay.
What are expectations of foster parents?
- Provide physical care, safety and a nurturing, predictable family environment for the children in their care. They help children feel accepted and worthwhile and give them opportunities to express feelings.
- Model healthy family living to help children and their families learn and practice skills for safe and supportive relationships. They provide nonphysical discipline that promotes self-esteem and respects each child’s culture and ethnicity.
- Promote and support positive relationships between children and their families. They respect the confidential nature of children’s circumstances and those of their parents. They promote and support children’s transitions to permanent homes (with a biological family, adoptive family, etc.).
- Arrange, support, and participate in activities which meet children’s physical, recreational, cultural, spiritual, and emotional needs, and which promote positive values.
- Participate in case planning, court hearings, etc., as needed. They advocate for resources to meet the unique needs of the child in their care.
- Participate in training and professional or skill development.
- Demonstrate flexibility in their expectations, attitudes, and behaviors in relation to children’s needs.