Greater Hope Foundation's Foster Family Agency 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 Foster Parent:
❤ Many of our foster parents and potential foster parents have questions about state law and the requirements of being a guardian resource parent for children in need. You can use the information below to learn more and decide whether becoming a foster parent is right for you. ❤ Foster parents must be at least 18 years of age or older. ❤ Foster 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, please visit http://www.ghssc.net/all-clear-livescan/ ❤ Foster parents must attend an orientation and complete a 12-hour per-certification training class, which are provided, at no expense, by the agency. The per-certification covers topics such as: foster parent responsibilities, child abuse reporting, Children’s Protective Services and agency policies/ procedures. ❤ Foster parents must become CPR-certified and trained in basic first aid. The agency offers classes to obtain certification. ❤ All foster parents are required to complete a health screening from a physician to confirm there are no physical conditions preventing them from becoming a foster parent. Additionally, foster parents must be tested for TB and provide the negative test results. ❤ Foster homes are required to have adequate rooms in the household 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 places 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 foster homes?
The Greater Hope Foundation 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 foster family?
The best characteristics of a great foster family include commitment, patience, understanding, flexibility, open and honest feedback, and direction. Foster 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 certified?
The certification process depends on how quickly you complete and return your paperwork and how quickly the live-scan/child abuse index clearances are received. Please note that it takes on average 2-3 months to become a certified foster parent.
Will I receive financial assistance to care for the child? Foster parents get a monthly stipend for each foster child they take into their homes. The amount of that stipend can vary based on the age of the child.
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 County of San Bernardino and the County of Riverside.
If I'm a single parent, does this mean I cannot be a foster 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 foster family if they are willing to participate.
How can I find out more information on becoming a foster parent?
Contact the staff members at The Greater Hope Foundation agency to learn more about becoming a foster parent.
For more information concerning becoming a foster parent, or to speak to one of our staff members please call Greater Hope Foundation at 760-256-0432.