1. What is a Resource Family?
A Resource Family is any individual, couple, or a family who provides care to a child(ren) who is under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court, or otherwise in the care of a county child welfare agency or probation department. The term Resource Family replaces all former out of home care provider categories (i.e. foster parent, kinship parent, adoption, etc).
2. Do I have to own my home to be a Resource Family?
No. Resource Families can rent or own their home. They can reside in an apartment or house. You just need to have enough space in your home, including an extra bedroom.
3. How much will it cost me to become a Resource Family?
The agency doesn't charge potential Resource Families anything. You may, however, incur fees for the following: fingerprints ($75-90), CPR & First Aid Certification ($45-70), Driving Record ($5), and health screening ($60-$85). You may also incur costs for items needed to bring your home into agency and state regulatory compliance (i.e. i.e. fire extinguisher(s), smoke detectors, locked cabinet (s), and first aid kit, etc).
4. Can I get reimbursed for the expenses that I incur to become a Resource Family?
If you complete your approval process within 90 days of inquiry, you would be eligible for reimbursement of certain expenses (up to $100/household), provided you have receipts. The reimbursement would be distributed once you’ve accepted your first foster placement..
5. Can I be a Resource Family if I work?
Yes. Most Resource Parents work. However, you are responsible for providing reliable agency approved childcare for the child if needed, which can be costly. In some cases, child care expenses may be covered by the placing county, but there are no guarantees. Therefore, Resource Parents that work often choose to foster school age children.
6. Do I have to be married to be a Resource Family?
No. Resource families come in all forms. You can parent as an individual or with a partner. Common examples are married couples, single people, and mother/daughter combinations.
7. Do both myself and my significant other have to complete the Approval Process?
Yes, if they live in your home or will have frequent contact with the foster child. However only one person has to attend Orientation.
8. How much income must I have to be a Resource Family?
There is no specified amount of income that is required for Resource Parents. However, your income must cover your basic needs, and any other financial obligations you have. Foster care funds should not be viewed as income.
9. How many foster children can I have in my home?
Therapeutic Resource Parent can have a total of 6 children in their home, including their birth or adoptive children. This, of course, depends on if they have the space, help, and support to effectively care for them all.
Intensive Services Foster Care is different.The Agency will make only one Intensive Services Foster Care placement per household, unless children are siblings. One additional (unrelated) ISFC placement that is stable, low risk, and long term may be considered. Total number of children will be limited to three for single foster parents and four for two parent foster homes (these numbers include the foster parent's biological children).
10. Can my child share a room with a foster child?
Yes as long as they are the same gender. If they are not the same gender, they must both be under the age of 8.
11. Do the family of the foster children have to know where I live?
No. We do not provide that information to the birth families of the children placed in your home, and we encourage Resource Families not to disclose this information either. This confidentiality helps to ensure that clear boundaries are observed.
12. Can the foster children go on trips with the Resource Family?
Yes, and this is very much encouraged. However, depending on the distance and the time length of the trip, we may have to get approval from the court.
13. Do you have children waiting to be placed?
We get referrals daily from the placement agencies. Our needs range from birth to 20 years of age. When we receive referrals and don't have a home for a particular child, the child is placed with another agency or remains in a shelter home.
14. How long does the process take to become a Resource Family?
The length of the process is largely based on the you, and has a lot to do with how quickly you complete the requirements. In general, however, the process typically takes 3 to 6 months. Some people have stretched the process out over 2 years. It is really what works for the individual family that determines the time length most often. There are some factors that you don't have control over i.e. Fingerprint clearance process , so we encourage to submit for those as soon as possible.
15. How much financial support do Resource Families receive to provide for their foster children?
Resource Families receive a monthly reimbursement payment for their foster children, depending on the level at which the child is placed. Therapeutic Resource Family homes are compensated based on the assessed needs of the child and the related Level of Care (LOC) required.
LOC 1 $1000.00 Basic Rate
LOC 2 $1,112.00
LOC 3 $1,225.00
LOC 4 $1,337.00
Resource Families with Whole Family certification receive an additional $200 a month for the teen parent, as well as $410 for the teen to spend on infant specific expenses.
Compensation for children placed in the Intensive Services Foster Care( ISFC program) is $2609/month.
16. Is the monthly payment taxable?
No. It is considered a reimbursement for the care of the foster child; much like child support.
17. Can I be a Resource Family if I have a criminal record.
Having a criminal record does not automatically disqualify you from being a Resource Parent. Applicants with a criminal record may be eligible for an exemption, depending upon what the conviction(s) were for, and how recent the offenses were. There is a list of Non-Exemptible Offenses which identifies offenses that would automatically disqualify a person from becoming a Resource Parent.
foster child; much like child support.