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Foster to Adopt (Fost-Adopt)
Many prospective parents choose adoption through the foster care system because they want to help a child who has been removed from their biological family by child welfare services and needs a loving, permanent family. They choose adoption through foster care knowing that a child that joins their family may be reunified with their birth family, but if that’s not possible, they can adopt the child.
Many of our Resource (Foster) Parents have been able to adopt the foster children who joined their family.
In most cases, the fost-adopt process can take 1 to 2 years but not every foster child moves towards adoption. Adoption only becomes possible when:
1) The court determines that reunification with biological parents or family is not possible
2) The birth parent’s parental rights have been terminated.
The basic steps to become a Fost-Adopt family include:
Orientation & Quiz
Live scan background checks
20-hour RFA Training
CPR/First Aid Training
Home Assessment Interviews
Placement Day training and Continuing Education
Who is a Resource (Foster) Parent?A Resource (Foster) Parent is someone who provides a temporary safe, stable, and loving home for a child or children. You will help them reunite with their birth parents or family member when the family problems have been resolved. Being a foster parent is a major responsibility. KFAM provides personal training, support, financial and medical assistance to foster parents.
Am I Eligible to Become a Resource (Foster) Parent?Flexibility, a sense of humor, willingness to grow and learn, and a commitment to provide a safe, stable, nurturing, and loving home for a child. You may be single, married, divorced, or living with a partner. You may live in an apartment or house, as long as you have enough room for the child. No minimum income is required, but you must be able to support yourself. For working parents, appropriate childcare arrangements need to be made. You may be of any race, ethnicity, culture religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
What Resources Are Available?Personal Support Your social worker will prepare, train, and support you through the foster preparation process. You will also be connected with community resources that you might need. If you choose to adopt a child, post-adoptive services are available to all adoptive families. Financial/Medical Support You will receive medical and dental coverage for your child, as well as monthly financial support until the child is 18. Also, if a child has mental health and/or medical needs, increased foster and adoption assistance payments are available.
What is the Application Process?There is no fee to become a Resource Parent (Foster and/or Adoptive Parent). With a completed application, it takes about 3-6 months to go through the process; but remember everyone’s situation is different and therefore timeframes will vary. Once you are approved, the type of child who you want to parent will affect how quickly a child can be placed with you. If you would like more information about becoming a Resource (Foster) parent, please do not hesitate to call us at (213) 389-6755.
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