Programs & Services

Affiliate Organizations
Community-Based Behavioral Health Treatment
Foster Care Services
Home-Based Behavioral Health Treatment
Parenting and Family Skill Building Programs
Residential Treatment Programs
Workforce 360°



How do I know if becoming a foster parent is the right decision for me?

Bringing a child into your home and your family is a significant commitment. Ask yourself the following questions to help determine whether becoming a foster parent is right for you.

 

How will my life change if I become a foster parent?


You’ll need to have sufficient time and energy to care for a foster child, including the time and commitment to take a child to counseling sessions, doctor’s appointments, court hearings and other regular appointments and participate in them. You must be able to afford your own expenses and the expenses of your household. You’ll need to be willing to open your home to social workers and work together with them for the child’s best interest.

 

Do I feel capable of caring for a foster child?


Ask yourself if you’re tolerant of the differences in people and if you’ll be able to accept a child with differences. Consider your views on discipline, how you handle anger and frustration and whether you are open to learning and implementing new strategies. Ask yourself about your ability to show affection towards a foster child. Keep in mind that you’ll need to keep any information that you learn about a child confidential.

 

How does my family feel about being a foster family?


Make sure your partner is comfortable with the idea and your relationship secure and stable enough to withstand the changes that adding a foster child will bring. Consider how your children will accept another child and whether they’ll be willing to share their rooms, toys, friends and parents with another child. Also, consider if close friends and family would support your decision to foster.

 

How do I feel about birth families?


Make sure you have the ability to work with a child’s birth parents and the problems they may have, as well as understand that the child will need to have a relationship with them. Make sure you feel comfortable with working toward reunifying the child and his/her parents.