Foster care is the act of taking in a child or
a youth and providing care for that child or youth. When children in our
community are in danger, foster families stand up and offer a place of safety until parents are ready to care for their children
again. Foster families also stand up to
provide care for teenagers who have been abused or find themselves having
troubles in their daily lives or with the Juvenile Justice System.
In Denver, there are approximately 1,600 children currently in foster home placements. There is always a need for families who will provide foster care. Denver Human Services strives to place children in foster families in their own neighborhoods so that the child maintains consistency in their school and relationships during difficult times. Keeping youth in their communities has been found to shorten the amount of time spent in foster care by helping the youth to maintain permanent relationships with family and other support systems.
- General Foster Care is
when a member of the community chooses to provide care for a child but usually
does not know the child. In addition to providing food, shelter, loving
attention and emotional support a foster parent may do any one of the
- Take a child or youth to the doctor or dentist. These expenses are paid for through Medicaid.
- Take a child or youth to therapy. These costs are paid for by the Department of Human Services or services are provided through community agencies. Sometimes, therapeutic providers can come to your home to provide the service to the child or youth.
- Take a youth or
child to visit family. Visits are usually held in the community
or; when necessary, at the Department of Human Services.
- Attend meetings at the child’s school. Continuity in school has been found to be the greatest factor in a child being successful while in foster care. The foster parent’s presence at Parent-Teacher Conferences, Special Education meetings and other important functions helps stabilize the child while in placement.
- Keep track of developmental progress in the home. Foster Parents come to know the child best and inform the social worker of how the child or youth is doing.
- Works with a social worker assigned to the child’s case. The foster parent is a respected part of a team of people working together to support the family with the goal of reuniting the children with their parents. The relationship between the foster parent, social worker and child is the most critical in determining the success of the child in placement
- Works with the child or youth’s Support team
The members of the child’s support team meet monthly for a staffing to review the child’s progress. The foster parent’s attendance is vital and sometimes, these meetings can be held at the foster home. The foster parents can also participate in a staffing by phone.
Why Become A Denver Foster Parent?
- Denver has a need for over 1000 foster homes at any one time.
- Children removed from the home do better when they stay in the community and stay at their home schools.
- Foster parents help children and youth through difficult times in their families.
- Foster parents can help children and youth regain trust and hope.
- Foster parents strengthen our community through their interactions with families and children.
- Being a foster parent supports one’s need to give and help others in the greatest need.
The simple act of providing shelter,food, a stable life and loving support helps a child or youth tremendously. You might even help a child or youth regain trust and hope. That’s definitely something to stand up for.