Introduction to Foster Parenting
Have you ever thought about becoming a foster parent? If so, this is the podcast for you! We talk with Arnie Eby, the Executive Director of the National Foster Parent Association and a foster parent for 22 years; and Angie Jones, a licensed clinical social worker and the Intensive Service Foster Care Recruiter and Trainer at Vista Del Mar, an agency placing foster children.
In this episode, we cover:
- What is the goal of the foster care system?
- How to become a foster parent?
- What are the typical requirements for becoming a foster parent?
- What disqualifies you to become a foster parent?
- What type of pre-service training is involved?
- How long does it usually take to become a licensed foster parent?
- Who licenses foster parents?
- What types of questions should parents ask when deciding on which agency to work with?
- What are the different levels of licensing for foster homes?
- Do foster parents get paid?
- Can you foster if you rent your home or apartment?
- Does one parent have to be at home if they want to have infants or young pre-school aged children placed with them?
- How much control do foster parents have on which child is placed with them?
- What is expected of foster parents when a child is placed with them?
- Can you travel with a foster child? Out of state? Out of the country?
- What is shared parenting or co-parenting?
- What type of support should foster parents expect from the agency they are licensed through?
- Is it possible to adopt your foster child?
- How do you foster and adopt?
- How much control do foster parents have on visitation, medical treatment, mental health care, and reunification?
- How to cope with the grief when a foster child leaves?
- Where can foster parents turn for support?
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Music Credit: Michael Ashworth