FAQ – Becoming a Foster Parent

Below are some of our most frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding becoming a resource (foster) parent:

What are the qualifications of foster parents?

Foster parents must be at least 21 years of age, in good health, and be of good moral character.  They must be able to provide a clean, comfortable home environment with a separate bed for each foster child.  They must have a working telephone and be willing and able to transport the child to appointments and agency-sponsored events.  Being employed outside the home is acceptable in some circumstances, if alternative child care is available.

Foster parents must attend professional training on an ongoing basis. (Training requirements differ by program.)

Above all, foster parents must care about children and genuinely enjoy helping them develop, mature, and become independent.  They must be good role models, have the ability to nurture and accept a child even when his or her behavior is unacceptable, be flexible and tolerant, and enjoy a challenge.

What kinds of children are placed in foster care?

Children who are placed in foster care range in age from birth to 18.  Some have been placed strictly because of family problems; some because their behavior has become unmanageable; many because both are true.  Almost all children in foster care have some emotional problems since all must deal with the trauma brought about by being separated from their families.  Many have survived years of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse, and most have endured more than one of these.  Many have suffered severe and repeated rejection or neglect.  All are in need of a warm, supportive and loving home environment.

Pinebrook accepts only children who we believe we can help.

Who chooses the child for my home?

In our first few contacts with you, we will talk about the kinds of children with whom we work, and you will help us know which children you feel you are able to help.  When we need a home for a child, we will use the information to make an appropriate match.  We may also call about other kinds of children when the need for help is grave.  You, however, are always the person who ultimately decides whether or not a particular child comes into your home.

What will I get from being a foster parent?

The greatest reward you will receive from being a foster parent is the knowledge that you have made a real difference in a child’s life.  However, all foster parents receive monthly financial reimbursement, depending on the child’s service level; if you foster older or more challenging children, the monetary reimbursement is greater.  In addition, foster parents receive a monthly stipend for each child for clothing and diapers for infants and toddlers, as well as reimbursement for age-appropriate personal allowance and gas mileage for therapeutic appointments and family visits.  Generally, foster parents can receive reimbursements of between $500 and $1,700 a month for one child.  All reimbursements to foster parents are currently tax free.

Where can I get more information?

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a resource parent, please contact us and we will set up a meeting to provide you with more information and explain the application process.  Please inquire by calling 610-432-3919 or emailing Heidi Hoffer, Coordinator of Home Studies, at gro.v1490392552lafbp1490392552@reff1490392552ohh1490392552.