The Foster Care Program
The first step to entering the foster care program was your decision to obtain information about the program.
All prospective foster parents must complete pre-service training. In these training sessions, prospective foster parents will learn about laws, regulations, and policies related to foster parenting; the Agency's philosophy; and the roles and responsibilities of foster parents, birth parents, the Agency, the court system, and others. In addition, information is presented about issues and behaviors common among foster children, communicable diseases, and some basic parenting. At lease 1 foster parent in each foster family is also expected to become certified in First Aid and CPR within 1 year of approval and maintain current certification throughout their service as a foster family.
After pre-service training is completed, a home study of the prospective foster family is completed by the Agency. A home study is an extensive report on the family, detailing their childhood and family history, financial stability, medical history, education, marital relationships and family court involvement, and information about their motivation to be foster parents. Criminal and child abuse clearances are required of all household members who are 14 years of age or older. The family's home is inspected ensure compliance with safety and residence requirements. Upon completion of the home study, the Agency will either approve or disapprove the prospective foster family and provide notice to the family of such.
After their initial approval, each Agency foster family must participate in an annual re-evaluation to ensure the family's continued compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies.
Following are the responsibilities of all foster parents:
- Provide temporary care to children, giving each the same loving care given to their own children
- Encourage and supervise school attendance, participate in teacher conferences, and keep the caseworker updated regarding any special educational needs
- Attend to the regular and/or special medical and dental needs of the child
- To encourage the child to use good personal hygiene habits
- Improve the self-concept of the child, and when possible, that of the child’s parents
- Assess, maintain, and build positive essential connections
- Preserve the child’s cultural identity
- Cooperate with the caseworker and the child’s parents in carrying out the permanency plan
- Facilitate visits between the child and the parents, as well as siblings, to help improve their relationships
- Help the child cope with issues of separation
- Tell the caseworker promptly about any problems that arise or help that is needed
- Abide by all the foster care regulations and policies, including the discipline, punishment, and control policy
- Develop a lifebook for the child
- Attend at least 6 or 12 hours of Agency-approved training annually. The primary parent in each home must participate in at least 12 hours of training annually. The second parent in the home must participate in at least 6 hours of training annually.
At least half of each foster parents' annual training must be earned through Agency-provided trainings.
Download the Foster Parenting Brochure below:
SCCY Foster Care Brochure (107K)