Q: What do I do to become a foster parent?
A: Savio takes families and individuals through a process to meet the program’s and state’s requirements to become a foster parent. The process involves getting screening and background checks for all the adults in a household, filling out applications and other paperwork, attending training, having home visits, and completing an assessment process. Savio staff will meet with you so you can learn more about foster parenting and so we can learn more about you and your family. This helps us determine the best fits for both youth and foster parents.
Q: What kinds of supports and services do I get as a Savio foster parent?
A: Savio offers a wide variety of services and support to families and youth tailored to meet specific needs including: social work support, 24-hour staff availability, financial reimbursement, training in child development, parenting, and other related topics, respite (another family takes the child temporarily to give you a break), and life skills services for young adults up to age 21.
Q: Who are the children?
A: Hundreds of children in this area require temporary out-of-home care because of parental neglect, abuse or exploitation. Some stay in foster care for weeks; some for years. The children are of all ages and varying needs.
Q. What is the role of a foster parent?
A: Foster parents provide a supportive and stable family for children who cannot live with their birth parents until family problems are resolved. In most cases, foster parents work with social work staff to reunite the child with birth parents. Foster parents often provide care to many different children.
Q: How do I become a foster parent?
A: A license is required to operate a foster home. The process requires a worker to visit your home and meet with you and other family members. Foster parents work with Savio staff to determine the type of child best suited for their home (i.e., age, gender, and cultural backgrounds).
For more info contact: Lauren Chitwood, 303-225-4073