What Does a Foster Parent Look Like?
A lot like you.
- Who can be a foster parent?
- What do we provide?
- What are my responsibilities?
Who can be a foster parent?
Foster and adoptive parents are a lot like you, someone who is caring, physically,mentally and emotionally capable of caring for a child and willing to participate in our training. Our parents can be:
- Single, married, widowed, divorced
- Any age at least 21 years old
- A family with or without children
- A renter or a homeowner
- Employed or retired, financial able to care for family’s present needs
- Visit our GETTING STARTED page to learn more about how you can become a foster parent.
What do we provide?
We’re here to help you with ongoing financial, educational and emotional support:
- 24-hour on-call support
- Resource library of books, magazines and videos on childcare
- Maintenance payment for the care of the child
- A support system of other foster and adoptive parents
- Virginia Medicaid to cover medical and dental bills and counseling
- Yearly clothing allotment
- Free daycare services for employed parents
What are my responsibilities?
Responsibilities of a foster family:
- Act as a temporary, substitute family for a child in need.
- Models positive parenting for biological families.
- Acts as a mentor for the biological family.
- Provides non-physical discipline.
- Participates in the foster child’s education, court processes, and review board meetings.
- Helps children grow and mature.
- Provides transportation to appointments.
- Attends further training.
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