Children are placed in foster care for a number of reasons. Whatever the reason, the underlying needs are the same—a home where each child can be supported, guided, and accepted.
Foster parenting is a special calling. We understand the dedication and commitment that it takes to parent children from difficult backgrounds and challenging needs. Our staff goes out of the way to make sure that foster parents are supported in order for them to be the kind of caregivers that are needed.
Commonwealth Catholic Charities provides foster care services in Richmond, Roanoke, and Norton.
Treatment Foster Care
Our Treatment Foster Care program provides specialized training and support to foster families who are caring for children and adolescents with a wide variety of complex emotional and behavioral needs, often the result of significant trauma. The program emphasizes the positive aspects of a nurturing and therapeutic family environment in combination with active and structured treatment.
CCC provides foster care to refugee children who have fled their homes because of war, persecution, or other dangerous living situations. Typically, these children—settled through the United Nations—arrive in the United States without their parents. The children are placed in a foster home where they are supported and cared for as they adjust to their new lives in the U.S.
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Foster Parent Resources
Preparing your family and your home
Becoming a foster parent means becoming part of a treatment team for the child in your care. CCC will provide ongoing support and guidance as you prepare to foster and throughout your fostering journey. We will help you prepare your home, and learn about expectations, rules, and regulations. We believe that by working as a team, fostering will be a positive experience for everyone.
Foster Care FAQs
Foster care is the temporary placement of children who have been removed from their home due to abuse, neglect, or the child's emotional or behavioral problems. Foster parents provide a temporary, safe, and nurturing environment for a child who is unable to remain in his or her family.
What is foster care?
What do foster parents do?
Foster parents act as full-time caregivers until the child returns to his/her parents, relatives, or another permanent plan is made. Foster parents work as part of a treatment team to assist children in reaching their behavioral, emotional, developmental, or medical goals.
How do I become a foster parent?
The first step is to complete training and a home study, which include a review of any criminal history, child protective service, financial, and driving records.
Am I financially responsible for my foster child?
Most children have coverage for medical expenses through Medicaid.
What types of children will be placed in my home?
Our program works with children or youth ages 0-21 years. Some children have experienced abuse and neglect. Some have experienced trauma and separation from their family. Other children have medical or developmental conditions that their parents cannot manage. Children come from various races and cultures. Foster families maintain the right to accept or refuse a placement opportunity.
Who can be a foster parent?
Anyone who is 25 years or older who is financially and emotionally stable, responsible, and willing to work as part of a team. Foster parents are culturally diverse, single, or married and from all income levels. No experience with foster care or special needs is required. Foster families must have a clean and safe home with adequate space for an additional child. Foster families must have time, flexibility, and the desire to make a difference in a child's life.
Why become a foster parent with CCC?
CCC has been providing foster care services for over 30 years. We value and support the families who we work with. Our case workers carry small caseloads so that they can give more time and attention to each child and family in their care. The program provides 24/7 access and ongoing support and training.
Where is the biggest need?
Although parents are needed for all children, the largest need currently is for families who can work with teenagers.
Foster Parent Requirements
To be eligible to be a foster parent you must be:
at least 25-years-old
willing to commit time to a child
able to provide a clean, safe home with room for a child
willing to work as part of a team for the child's best interest
*As a Catholic agency, our services are limited to married couples who meet the church definition of marriage or single, non-cohabitating adults.
Steps to Becoming a Foster Parent
Orientation - learn what it means to foster a child and work with CCC
Application - complete the application and paperwork
Training - learn about common issues you may experience as a foster parent and about CCC's treatment model
Mutual Assessment - Decide if our program is the best fit for you and your family
Licensing & Approval - continue paperwork
Is Fostering Right for your Family?
Fostering a child is a decision that will impact every member of your family. That's why it's important to talk to your kids and involve them in the decision-making process. Listen to their thoughts and ideas and discuss how fostering will change their day-to-day lives. Topics to discuss with your kids are the situations that lead children to foster homes, potential behavioral problems, and time frames for placement. Also be sure to reassure your kids that you are responsible for everyone's well-being and that you will continue to provide them with a safe, loving environment.