Foster Parent FAQs

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What is foster care?

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.

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.

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.

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.

What types of children will be placed in my home?

Our program works with children or youth ages 0-20 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.

Where is the biggest need?

Although parents are needed for all types of children, the largest need currently is for families who can work with teenagers.

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.

Am I financially responsible for my foster child?

Most children have coverage for medical expenses through Medicaid.

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