If you ask Pamela McFadden how she feels about being a part of HumanKind’s Therapeutic Foster Care program (TFC), she’ll tell you she’s learned a lot and gained a family—but she hasn’t always felt that way.
What are the requirements to become a foster parent with HumanKind?
You must be at least 21 years old, may be married, single or divorced, have space in your home and heart for additional children, have a stable income sufficient to provide for your family, have no “founded” child abuse and/or neglect complaints, no felony of any kind, have not committed a barrier crime, good driving record, your home must meet basic requirements and you must be willing to work as a member of a team in meeting the needs of children placed in your care.
What are the children like who need treatment foster care?
Typically, they are children who have experienced various types of abuse, abandonment or who come from dysfunctional environments. They often have emotional and/or behavioral problems. The symptoms of these problems can vary from bedwetting to physical and verbal aggression. Most have at least one DSM-IV diagnosis such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, borderline personality, oppositional defiant, and/or ADHD. They attend outpatient therapy, are on medication and can have multiple appointments on a weekly basis.
Do I have a choice about the type of children placed in my home?
Yes, you will always be given the choice of the type of child to be placed in your home. This may include such things as age, sex, and presenting problems or behaviors such as those discussed above. Don’t be afraid to say no to a possible placement. It is in everyone’s best interest to be honest about your concerns and preferences.
How much will I be paid?
Foster parent stipend is regulated by VEMAT score. It can be confusing initially but something that will be discussed during orientation.
What do I need to do and how long does it take to become a therapeutic foster parent?
For certification as a therapeutic foster parent with HumanKind, please contact Jamie Creasy at (434) 455-3632 (office), (434) 444-0059 (cell) or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How long does it take to get a child placed in my home and how long will they stay?
This also varies. It may take longer to place a child in your home depending on what you request in a child, such as age, gender and behaviors that you either have the skills to work with or are willing to work with. The length of stay in your home also depends on a number of factors, such as the permanency plan and treatment goal. This information will be discussed more during orientation, training and home visits.