Foster Care and Parenting in Redding
Have you been looking for a way to make a real difference in the Redding community?
One of the most noteworthy ways of doing so is by opening your home to provide foster care to children in need. Foster parenting can alleviate the worries and fears of children who have no other place to call home and give them renewed hope for a bright future.
Offering up your time and a safe, stable residence to receive a placement from the Children First Foster Family Agency in Redding will result in a rewarding experience for both you and the children you’re taking in. It requires a special person to selflessly show children that they are loved at a time when they may need it the most, possibly changing their outlook on life for the better.
Children First offers an Intensive Services Foster Care program in Tehama, Shasta, and Siskiyou Counties. An ISFC home is an alternative to group-based residential treatment or psychiatric hospitalization for children 5-18 years of age who require services greater than general foster care. Eligible children have the following challenges: multiple placements, serious emotional/behavioral issues, possible group home placements or are being stepped-down from a group home environment.
How can you get involved? Do you or someone you know have experience working with abused/neglected children? Do you know someone who is eager to learn and develop new skills on an ongoing basis? Are you resilient, ready to view yourself as members of our “treatment team” and understand the value of parenting flexibility to best serve each child? Perhaps that someone is you.
Children First social workers will be more than happy to go over the specific qualifications for becoming a foster parent, which can lead to foster adoption if the circumstances allow for it. Though the most favorable outcome is to reunite families, that isn’t always possible, and foster adoption turns out to be a desirable solution for making sure these children end up in a good home.
We believe there are all kinds of parents for all kinds of children and strive to find the ones who truly understand the needs of a child, ensuring successful foster care. Contact Children First Foster Family Agency today to learn more about foster parenting in Redding.
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Foster Care FAQs
Yes. Families are needed for children and youth from newborn to 18. You can specify the age and gender of the child in your care as is appropriate for your family, and you always reserve the right to decline the placement of a child in your home.
Resource parents receive a monthly reimbursement that helps cover the cost of food, clothing, and other basic needs of children and youth in care. MediCal covers the cost of medical, dental, and counseling services for children and youth in care.
Each family or child is assigned a case manager who is responsible for providing support to the resource family. Supportive services (respite care, training, crisis lines, counseling, etc.) are provided by the agency.
Depending on the circumstances, a child may be placed in a resource home for one day or for several months to several years. Placement is for as long as it takes to achieve a permanent placement for the child, whether the plan is for reunification with the child’s family, placement with relatives, or adoption.
There are just a few universal requirements to become a resource parent:
- Age 18 or older
- Criminal background check
- Family stability
- Character references
- Regular source of income
- Home safety inspection
- Family evaluation
Foster care is a temporary placement of children and youth with families outside of their own home due to child abuse or neglect. The goal is to provide a safe, stable, and nurturing environment for the child until such time as they can safely return to their home.