Children who enter therapeutic foster care bring with them special needs, most importantly, the need for a stable family life. These children, infants to age 18, are often the victims of abuse, neglect of abandonment. As a result, they may suffer from emotional, behavioral or developmental problems.
Through the services of New
Beginnings, families can acquire the training and assistance to enrich the life
of a child, and children can receive the support they need. New
Beginnings does not discriminate in accepting children or foster care families
into its program based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin or disability.
Overview of Foster Care and Adoption Services
Beginnings Family Services offers therapeutic foster and adoption care services.
We are similar to traditional foster care, except we place children who have
special needs and require more frequent agency support than a traditional
foster care agency. They may be afraid, confused, angry, or heart-broken
being separated from their families. They need a caring environment that will
boost their self-esteem, provide encouragement and most importantly – love. We
train individuals and families to become foster parents and place Kentucky’s
abused and neglect children in the best matched home. Once a match is made, New
Beginnings staff is there every step of the way to support, encourage and
advocate for the parent and child’s best interest.
How Do I Become A Foster Parent?
To become a foster care
parent, a home study assessment is completed by New Beginnings Family
Services, Inc. This involves a visit by a recruiter/trainer who will
obtain information about our heath history, personal finances, conduct criminal
and child abuse background checks and interview members of the household.
This home study assessment is done to ensure the safety of the child and that
potential foster care parents meet state requirements.
To qualify a person must meet the following requirements:
- Must be at least 24 years old, single or married
- Must be able to provide a safe and nurturing home for a child or adolescent
- Must have adequate living and sleeping space for the child
- Must have sufficient income and cannot rely on foster care payment
- Must be able to devote time and energy to the child’s needs
- Must have valid driver’s license and transportation
- Must attend and complete
a minimum of 36 hours of pre-service training (If married, both parents must attend)
Once approved, foster
care families may be offered a boy or girl ranging in age from infancy to 18,
who as a result of their family situation, cannot live with their birth parents
or relatives. The recruiter/trainer and Site Director will consider a
family’s request and will evaluate the home environment to best match your
interests with the needs of a child.
What Should I Expect?
- Child placements ranging from 90 days to one to two years.
- To receive reimbursement each month to help cover the cost of food, clothing and expenses for the child.
- To have a child’s medical care covered by the State Medicaid program, foster families will need to provide transportation to and from doctor, dentist and therapy appointments.
- Two days of respite each month.
- Emergency respite care available up to seven days.
- To attend monthly in-service training.