The need for foster families is great. In Georgia alone, over 15,000 children are in the foster care system and that number is growing. At least 40 times a week, The Children’s Home has to say “No” to children in need because we do not have enough loving, compassionate and nurturing foster families for them. Children escaping abusive or neglectful situations need a safe place to live and be loved. Could your home be that safe place for children who are hurting?
At The Children’s Home, our foster families are an important part of our extended family. We work hard to support them and the children they foster. It takes approximately three months to become a Children’s Home foster family. From starting the process to finding permanency for your foster child, we will support you every step of the way.
How does our program work?
Foster families are recruited, trained and approved through The Children’s Home. These families are then assigned to one of our foster care workers, and we match referred children to a family that will provide a good fit and a safe, nurturing temporary home. We incorporate a family-centered approach that creates a partnership between the child’s birth and foster families to increase the likelihood that the child will permanently return home to their birth family. When this is not possible, The Children’s Home assists with the process of establishing a permanent home for the child or children. We also provide these services:
- Training and support foster parents on an ongoing basis so they can successfully provide care
- Assessing, planning and coordinating services for the child
- Advocating for the child within the court, education and DFCS systems
- Collaborating and creating partnerships within the community for the benefit of the child and birth family
- Supervising birth parent-child visitation
- Maintaining a 24-hour intake and support line
Why The Children’s Home?
Unfortunately, The Children’s Home turns away 40 kids per week because we don’t have enough foster families, and we need your help. We consistently exceed Georgia’s standards for foster care providers and maintain the highest performance scores in the areas of permanency, safety and well being of children. Our program is faith-based, and our staff and foster parents understand that we seek to show God’s love to children and families. We offer quality service with specialized staff, an intensive staff to client ratio and accreditation from Council on Accreditation and Eagle. Our foster parents express gratitude for the strong support they receive from us.
Steps To Become a Foster Family
Register and attend a two-hour informational meeting at one of our office locations – Tucker, Gainesville, Newnan, and Augusta.
Take IMPACT classes with us, the free, state-required training for all potential foster parents.
While attending IMPACT classes, complete the required paperwork including a background check, providing references, medical examinations, drug screening, and financial assessment.
Participate in the home study and inspection process, which takes place over 30 days.
Be approved by The Children’s Home to care for a certain number of children within your chosen age range.
Say “yes!” when The Children’s Home calls you to care for one, two or three of the children we seek a home for each week.
Be blessed by the experience of sharing your heart, home and family.