Foster parents are regular people. Some work at home or in the office; some own or rent their home; some have many children or none at all. Yet the difference they make is extraordinary.
Youth in foster care experience an array of challenges far beyond what we may imagine and with the right foster family, a child can receive the care, love, and support they need until they are able to return home to their family.
Where do you start?
Maybe you have thought about being a foster parent, but want some of your questions answered. Maybe you are not sure full-time care is right for you, but you are interested in providing a family in your community a break when they need.
Let’s chat!Let’s start by having a conversation. We can answer your questions, talk about what kind of fostering opportunities would meet your needs and interests, and share information about what it means to be a foster family with Nexus-Kindred.
Making the decision to become a foster parent is not always an easy one. We encourage you to ask questions and share your excitement and hesitations. We’re happy to talk through your concerns. If you decide it isn’t the best time for your family to foster, that’s just fine! There is no pressure from us. If you decide to move forward, that’s wonderful—we’ll begin the application process with you right away. Contact us today to schedule a conversation.
Start the paperwork.Once you’ve decided to move forward, you’ll need to complete an application, schedule a background check, and provide references. We’ll gather information about you and your family and your reasons for wanting to foster, so we can effectively match children that fit your family.
Prepare for success with some training and support.Foster families are considered part of our professional team. Before and during your time as a foster family you’ll participate in training programs. We want you to feel confident and successful every step of the way!
Wait for your licensing.Licensing, assessments, and background checks can vary from a few weeks to a few months. Your social worker is available to answer questions during this time of waiting.
Welcome a child into your family.Once the preparations are complete, the journey is just beginning! Your family's social worker will develop an ongoing relationship with you and provide you with 24/7 support.
We're here to help you every step of the way.
When you contact us through the form below, a Nexus-Kindred social worker will reach out to chat about your interest and help answer any questions you may have.
Not quite ready?
If foster care doesn’t feel like a good fit for your family at this time, there are so many other ways to help. What will you foster?
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