Social Workers recruit, train, and approve resource foster homes for temporary placement of children placed in the custody of Social Services.
Our Foster Care Permanency Team provides safe, alternate family care to children temporarily placed outside their home as a result of abuse, neglect or serious family problems.
Believing in the power of family and community . . .
become a Resource Foster Parent . . .
Our need for Resource Homes is ongoing, especially needed are foster resource parents for ...
- Older children and teens
- siblings - pairs and groups
- children with developmental and educational delays
Resource parents ...
- must be at least 21
- must be able to provide a safe, secure, structured, happy home
- may be married or single but NOT in a current live-in relationship
- have sufficient income to meet their own needs
- commit to meeting the individual needs of children
- be willing to work in partnership with children, birth parents, and our agency to provide permanency to children by returning the child/children to the parent or prior custodian, placement with an appropriate relative or through adoption
- complete foster parent training
- complete a Mutual Family Assessment (which includes submitting criminal and child abuse/neglect background checks, Medical/TB screenings, DMV checks, and a home study process which provides an opportunity for the worker and family to decide if becoming a foster, adoptive, or resource provider is a viable option for the family)
Supports to Resource Parents ...
To help support resource parents caring for a child in foster care, our resource parents receive:
- a stipend for room, board, clothing and related expenses
- ongoing training and support including workshops, social events, and a foster parent support group
- occasional respite services for the foster child
- day care services for working resource parents
- State Medicaid for medical expenses for all foster children
- WIC for infants and toddlers
- Support and contact from the Family Development Specialist
Teens to Adult Transition
"Teens to Adult Transitions" is an exciting initiative by the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services that is aimed at improving the quality of service delivery for our teens in foster care. These efforts are directed toward developing independent life skills, stability, and permanency for these teens. In addition to these benefits is an increased monthly stipend for the foster family along with supportive services.
For information on becoming a Resource Foster Parent, you may reach a Family Development Specialist at (804) 717-6391, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. weekdays.