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Foster Care

 

Greater Hope Foundation (GHF) provides temporary and long-term care to youth across Southern California from ages newborn to Non-Minor Dependents (NMD). Our experienced professional staff, dedicated donors, and generous volunteers have worked together, tirelessly, to build our established reputation for quality services.

Requirements for Becoming a Resource Parent:

Many of our resource parents and potential resource parents have questions about state law and the requirements of being a guardian parent for children in need. You can use the information below to learn more and decide whether becoming a resource parent is right for you.

❤ Resource parents must be at least 18 years of age or older.
❤ Resource parents, and everyone living in the home, 18 years of age and over, must be live-scanned (fingerprinted) and cleared with the child abuse index from the Department of Social Services. The process takes approximately 14 days. For further information on live-scanning, click here.
❤ Resource parents must attend an orientation and complete a 12-hour per-certification training class, which are provided, at no expense, by the agency. The pre-certification covers topics such as: resource parent responsibilities, child abuse reporting, Children’s Protective Services and agency policies/ procedures. Classes now available on-line in English and Spanish. To access our on-line orientation, in English, click here. To access our on-line orientation, in Spanish, click here.  
❤ Resource parents must become CPR-certified and trained in basic first aid. The agency offers classes to obtain certification.
❤ Foster homes are required to have adequate rooms in the household; typically with a maximum of two children in a bedroom.

Frequently Asked Questions about Foster Care:

What is foster care?

Foster care is when a child is placed in a temporary, safe home in a time of crisis. Adult caregivers then become part of the child’s support structure; providing them with the necessities of life and becoming involved in programs designed to help them. They work with the child’s social workers, teachers, and doctors, and proactively nurture, love, and advocate for their charges.


What kind of families makes the ideal resource homes?

GHF is searching for families that are committed to helping children and can care for and nurture them without hesitation. Families in these positions need to be flexible, understanding, patient, and ready to work towards the greater good of the children within their care.


What are the characteristics of a successful resource family?

The best characteristics of a great resource family include commitment, patience, understanding, flexibility, open and honest feedback, and direction. Resource families should also practice good communication skills, set clear boundaries and limits, and have a great sense of humor as well.


How long does it take to get approved?

The approval process depends on how quickly you complete and return your paperwork and how quickly your background check is received. Please note that it takes on average 2-3 months to become an approved resource family.

Will I receive financial assistance to care for the child?

Resource parents get a monthly stipend for each foster child they take into their homes. The amount of that stipend can vary based on the child’s level of care.


Who pays for the child’s medical care?

Each child has Medi-Cal or Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), funded by the state, for all medical and dental needs.

 

Where do foster children come from?

The foster children are placed through Child Protective Services which collaborates with the Counties of San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange and Los Angeles.

 

If I'm a single parent, does this mean I cannot be a resource parent?

No, single parents can provide exceptional care to foster youth in need too. However, the agency strongly recommends that all single parents have enough time and personnel to provide planned, invested, solid, structured child care, including after school, day care, and holiday attention.

 

Can I adopt the foster child?

You can, yes. But the goal of foster care is to make reunification between child and biological families a reality. If reunification is not possible, the county will look for a suitable permanent home with other members of the biological family. If they are not available, the county will ask the resource family if they are willing to participate.


How can I find out more information on becoming a resource parent?

Contact the team members at Greater Hope Foundation agency to learn more about becoming a resource parent.


For more information concerning becoming a resource parent, or to speak to one of our team members
please call Greater Hope Foundation at 760-256-0432.