1017149_10101867299264279_2579787515728696986_nToday, part three in our series of adoption options! Let’s discuss Foster Care, shall we?

›Foster Care can be a wonderful route to grow your family. Families can sign up to foster-to-adopt, or you can look at children already available for adoption at http://www.adoptex.org/site/PageServer?pagename=adoption_gallery.

›A big fear we hear when talking about foster care is how difficult it would be to have to return the child to the birth family. It is important to remember that reunification with birth family is always the primary goal and it is worked toward first. Having the child leave your home after a time is therefore a big possibility in many cases. However, it is so important in every child’s early life to have strong and solid attachments to caregivers. Even if the child does end up reunifying with their birth family, can you be the ones to provide that foundation of attachment and love for them? Every child deserves this.

PROS of Foster Care: 

›You provide a loving and stable environment for a child who may not otherwise have that

›You have the potential of adopting the child in many situations

›It is likely that you will be able to foster and/or adopt a sibling group.

›The state covers the cost of the home study and all expenses associated with adoptions if they work out

›There are children ready and waiting for a family now!

 

CONS of Foster Care:

›You need to be emotionally prepared for the possibility of loss of the child(ren) you foster

›There are many unknowns and you must be flexible

›Children adopted at older ages may have a harder time bonding or attaching to you. They may need therapy services or other services to help them adjust

›The circumstances leading your child to foster care may cause you have difficult feelings toward the child’s birth parents. You may not have the type of open adoption you desire for your child or be able to answer all of their questions.

›Children in foster care often have special needs due to neglect, abuse or separation. Substance abuse is a contributing factor in many foster care cases.

The Process:

›Contact the Utah Foster Care Foundation (UFCF)

They will send a representative to meet with you in your home and answer all of your questions

›Begin your licensing application packet

Foster families each have a license with the State of Utah to provide foster care.  The home study evaluation in foster care is called the Licensing process.  Your assigned licensor will also monitor your compliance with the agreements and rules throughout the year, and do your annual renewals.

›Take your pre-service classes

A 32 hour course of training is required through the UFCF before you can foster.

›Foster care home study

This is just like an adoption home study and includes interviews and home safety inspection.

›Assigned a DCFS Resource Family Consultant

Your RFC is like your caseworker- they know you and recommend placements for your home.

›Begin fostering!

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To get started call the

Utah Foster Care Foundation

1-877-505-KIDS