Where an interactive discussion includes topics related to resource parent requirements, policy, agency program, training requirements, concurrent planning, child welfare system, etc. This meeting will typically occur in the agency office on a monthly basis. Agency staff will be present to facilitate and answer questions. If the family desires to begin the Home Study process, the family completes the Resource Parent Application Checklist, Reasons for Fostering Checklist, and Available Time Scale, and returns the documents to the agency. An agency representative then reviews the documents and contacts the family to set up the first Home Study meeting.
As a prospective resource parent it is important for you to learn about the blessings and challenges of foster care. The training sessions we offer help you prepare to transition a new child into your home as well as help your own family with the process. A large part of the training is based on Texas Christian University developed "Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)." This innovative approach to parenting is geared specifically to connecting with children who come from hard places. During all training sessions, you will receive invaluable support and guidance from experienced foster and adoptive parents. Our training session are always informative, fun and worth attending. The Salvation Army requires families to complete 24 training hours before being approved and trainings usually occur on weekday evenings and Saturdays at our office or in the community. View upcoming training opportunities HERE.
Completing the Family Profile (Home Study)
The Family Profile or Home Study is a document created from a series of meetings between you and our Resource Specialist. These meetings will give you an opportunity to gain better insight into the challenges of caring for a child from the foster care system and examine how your family may respond. Our Resource Specialist will gather information about your family, your interest and expectations and preferences regarding children.
The approved Family Profile/Home Study is used by our agency to share information about your family with County agencies when a child is in need of out of home care. The Family Profile/Home Study, which contains your child preferences (age, gender, special needs etc), is also used to determine if your family is a match for a child who is entering the foster care system when a referral is made by a County Children and Youth Agency.
If your family is determed to be a match for a child in need of our of come care by our agency and the County Children and Youth Agency with custody of the child, this is the point when the child is moved into your home. An agency representative will be present for the placement of the child to answer questions and guide you through this transition.
- Post-Placement Support
During the time that a child is in your home as a foster child, our agency will be available 24 hours a day to answer questions and assist with the care of the child. The child will be assigned a Caseworker from our foster care team, who will be your point of contact for everything you need during the placement. Bi-weekly or monthly visits from your Caseworker will further provide support for your family. The Caseworker also serves as a liason between your family and the County Children and Youth Agency. Visitation between foster children and their biological parents, siblings or previous kinship caregivers take place on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis (as determined appropriate by the County) and are supervised by a county or agency representative and transportation responsibilities to and from visits are shared by the foster family, county, and our agency.