Who are the children of Allendale?

Who can be a foster parent or caregiver?

What do foster parents do?

What kind of training does a foster parent or caregiver receive?

What kind of support does Allendale provide to foster parents?

Will I receive financial help as a foster parent?

Can I pick the child I would like to be involved with?


Once I have a foster child, can I then adopt him or her?

Am I the right person for foster care?



Who
are the children of Allendale?
Our young people have special needs. Most are children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Some have been in a number of foster homes prior to coming to us. Some have special medical needs. All have emotional or behavioral issues.

The children generally range in age from 8 to 18.
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Who can be a foster parent or caregiver?
Foster parents and caregivers are people like you! They are:

Married or single

Parents of small children, teens or adults

Adults with no children

Working outside the home or in the home

At least 21 years old

From various cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds

Financially stable

Homeowners or renters

Able to pass a criminal background check
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What do foster parents do?
A foster family provides a home environment in which a child can safely fulfill his or her physical, emotional, spiritual and cultural potential and become a responsible adult.

Foster parents are an active part of the child’s treatment team. They provide food, clothing, housing, supervision, recreation and all transportation to needed services, such as visits to the therapist, doctor or dentist. Most of all, foster parents provide nurturing, stability and love.

For some, foster parenting is a commitment for a few years. For others it is a lifelong mission to help one child at a time. Most foster parents say the key to their success is simple: they love children. They believe that by working together with the therapists and agency caseworkers, they can help make sure children grow up in safe, permanent homes.
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What kind of training does a foster parent or caregiver receive?
Prospective parents attend ten pre-service training sessions and continue training throughout their time as a foster parent or caregiver. The licensing process takes three to nine months to complete.
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What kind of support does Allendale provide to foster parents?

Weekly supportive visits from a caseworker

Available counseling for both the child and the foster family

Mentoring to enhance a child’s social and interpersonal functioning

Respite care

24-hour crisis intervention

Psychiatric services as needed
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Will I receive financial help as a foster parent?
Yes. You will receive a monthly stipend.
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Can I pick the child I would like to be involved with?
Yes. Allendale helps you decide which child will work best with you and your family.
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Once I have a foster child, can I then adopt him or her?
The Allendale staff will discuss this option with you up front, so that you may know the permanency plan for a foster child.
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Am I the right person for foster care?
Ask yourself:

Can I love and care for a child who has come from a different background?

Can we love a child who, because of fear of rejection, does not easily love us back?

Am I secure in myself and my parenting skills?

Can we set clear limits, and be both firm and understanding in our discipline?

Can I love with my heart, without expectations?

If you answered "Yes"—or even "Probably"there is a child at Allendale who needs you.
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