Specialized Foster Care Program
Foster Care Information Meeting - First Wednesday each month
Wednesday, December 6th from 5 – 6 PM
Dates for Preservice Training 2018
January /February (Saturdays 9 – 4) 1/18, 1/27, & 2/3
March/April (Wednesday Evenings 5:30 – 9) 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4
June (Saturdays 9 – 4) 6/2, 6/16, 6/30
September/ October (Wednesday Evenings 5:30 – 9) 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10
Spanish Pre-service Training:
Spring dates: March 31, April 14, and April 28, 2018.
Fall dates: September 22, October 13, and October 27, 2018.
The Children's Home of Reading 1010 Centre Ave., Reading
RSVP to Justine at 610-478-8129
To learn more about becoming a foster parent call (610) 478-8129
Become a Foster Parent
Become a Foster Parent
Our society is based on the belief that the family is the cornerstone to good development. Throughout this area there are many children unable to live with their birth families because of abuse, neglect, illness, family crisis, and sometimes, their own behaviors. We are looking for people to provide family living experience for these children.
As foster parents, you can touch a child's life in a positive and lasting way. Although foster parents represent a broad range of backgrounds, the common and unifying characteristics among them are love and respect for children, and a basic belief in the importance of good parenting for a child's healthy growth and well-being.
Foster Parent Job Description
To help the child in your temporary care to be able to have a permanent home of his or her own.
- To help the child in your home maintain or improve relationships with family and friends; school adjustment; and physical growth and development.
- To maintain an attitude of respect and understanding toward he parents of the child in your home because these people are important to the child.
- To help the agency in the development and implementation of casework plans for the child in your home.
- To continue to meet the needs of your own family while sharing your family with the child in your care.
Whether you are an older adult or a younger adult. single, or married, a working or non-working parent, there may be a place for you on our team, if you:
- Can make a commitment to be meaningful to a child's lifetime instead of making a lifetime commitment to a child.
- Can participate in pre-service meetings about your new parenting job.
- Through pre-service meetings, can demonstrate that you are a creative problem-solver; have listening skills, flexibility and sense of humor.
- Respect children and families.
- Can manage your family finances with the addition of another child and the agency's amount of reimbursement or medical care, clothing, room and board.
Training is provided both prior to placement of a child in your home and on a regular basis following placement. Trainers are experienced foster parents, caseworkers and other community members who provide foster care resources.
If you agree to be a foster parent, we ask that you make a commitment to work with the child in your home for a minimum of six months, unless there are plans for the child to move to a permanent home in less time. You will not receive a salary, only reimbursement for the cost of child care, but you will receive other kinds of 'paychecks' or rewards:
- An opportunity to make new friends.
- New learning experiences.
- A terrific challenge.
- The opportunity to develop new parenting skills.
- A special role in the community.
- The satisfaction of helping a child and his or her family in improving their relationship.
Foster Parent Responsibilities
Our objective is to provide a treatment oriented program in a family setting. In order to
meet this objective, the foster family must be willing to accept the following responsibilities:
- Help the child maintain or improve relationships with his/her birth family, school, and peers
- Encourage and support the child as he/she grows physically, academically, socially, and emotionally
- Maintain an attitude of respect and understanding toward birthparents, who are important to the child in care
- Work closely with your social worker in order to develop and implement therapeutic treatment plans for the child
- Continue to meet the needs of you own family while sharing your home and family with the child in your care
- Participate in on-going training relative to the special needs of these children
If you feel that you and your family have something to offer a child in need, consider the challenge. Please contact The Children's Home of Reading and find out how you can become a part of a professional team who cares, and help us make a difference in someone's life.