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Become a Foster Parent

What is the Foster Care Program: A Foster Parent is a special and deeply caring person who has made a decision to provide care to a child or adolescent whose parent(s) are unwilling or unable to care for them on a temporary basis. Foster Parents attend an extensive training by FRC and are required to meet standards that have been outlined by the Florida Department of Children and Families.

How to Become a Foster Parent: Being a Foster Parent is perhaps the most difficult and most rewarding of all volunteer positions. It involves hard work twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Not only does it involve parenting children who have suffered trauma and loss, it requires working with a team of professionals that are in charge of meeting of all the children’s needs, such as , Family Resource Center, schools, medical facilities, and all necessary resources for the child. Individuals interested in becoming a Foster Parent must attend a 12 week PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education) course that meets one to two nights a week for a total of 33 hours). This program is an in depth training that includes among other topics, mutual selection, two family consultation visits and the preparation of a family portfolio, confidentiality statement, release of information, abuse and criminal check forms. There are also certain standards that have been outlined by the Department of Children and Families as being imperative for licensure of a foster home.

Below are a few examples:
Home Characteristics
Available Space
Length of Marriage
Age
Income
Health
Transportation
Swimming Pool, Hot Tubs/Spas
Home Safety
Discipline Policy
Criminal/Abuse Check

These topics are discussed individually in the 30 hour PRIDE – Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education – training course. Prior to completing the course each potential Foster Parent needs to understand these as it is a pre-requisite to becoming licensed.

What can a Foster Parent do for Our Children: The Foster Parent’s consistency, dependability, and honesty will have the most positive influence on the foster child’s adjustment to their new living enviroment. Foster homes should provide our child(ren) with a loving and accepting home without trying to replace their birth parent(s); provide a sense of self worth and self-esteem through a functional family life; give them daily care, help and guidance; and provide them with positive values and experiences that they will take with them wherever they go.

Financial Support for Foster Parent(s): Foster Parents are entitled to the following benefits:

  1. Medicaid will pay for all medical expenses relating to the child.
  2. Family Resource Center provides monetary compensation to foster families in form of a board payment. The Board Rate is $18.00 per day depending on the level of care the child needs.
  3. In addition to the Board Rate, you will receive a separate check for the child(ren)’s allowance. The Allowance is $40.00 per month per child ages 14 through 18 years old.
  4. You will also receive a once-a-year clothing allowance for any child that has been in Foster Care for six months of more. The Clothing Allowance is $200 a year.

Click here to download the Caregiver Inquiry Form.
Submit the completed form to Tania at tarmenta@frcflorida.org

Read our Quarterly Foster Parent Newsletter
Winter, 2013 Issue

For more information, please call
Ms. Yanila Llompart
Foster Parent Specialist/Licensing Supervisor
305-374-6006 ext. 5561
yllompart@frcflorida.org

Mr. Fredrick Villeta
Foster Parent Liaison
305-374-6006 ext. 5546
fviletta@frcflorida.org

Ms. Tania Armenta
Foster Parent Specialist
305-374-6006 ext. 5596
tarmenta@frcflorida.org