Frequently Asked Questions
Who can become a foster parent?
DePaul Community Resources is looking for caring temporary substitute families to help with children and teens who are the survivors of abuse and neglect. Foster parents can be single individuals or married couples, with or without children. They may own or rent their home. Foster parents provide children with guidance, supervision, discipline, safety and structure. They also work with our organization's staff to address the needs of child or teen until they can return to their birth families, move to adoptive homes or live independently.
How do I become a foster parent?
A home study is completed on each family who desires to become a foster family. This process includes a national fingerprint background check and a Child Protective Service History check to make sure that the prospective foster parents have no criminal record or a history of child abuse. A DePaul Community Resources' social worker will also talk with each member of the family to assess and discuss foster care.
Will I be required to go through training?
All prospective foster parents are required to complete a Pre-Service training course. If not already certified, prospective foster parents must also complete Adult/Child/Infant CPR and First Aid training. Once foster parents are approved, they must complete additional training each year. This additional training schedule ensures that you will continue to be qualified to meet the special needs of foster children.
Do I need to be involved with the child's birth family?
Because foster care is a temporary situation your family may be called upon to help the child prepare to return to their birth family or to be adopted. Visitation with birth family is often a legal requirement determined by the court to be in the child's best interest. If that is the case, our organization and foster parents must cooperate with the visitation between the child and birth family members. Many times new foster parents are reluctant to become too closely involved with the child's birth parents. Your concerns in this area are taken into consideration when visitation is planned. Foster parents also help the child to maintain a realistic perception and attitude toward the birth family. They may also be asked to provide information about the child's growth and development, likes, dislikes, etc. to the court, social workers or other professionals working with the child.
How can I continue to serve the needs of my own family members?
Becoming foster parents can be very rewarding for both you and your family members. However, it is important that you discuss the decision to become foster parents with all your family members. It is essential that family members understand the impact that fostering a special needs child will have on the family routine. If possible, we would encourage you to involve all immediate family members in the decision to accept a particular child into your home. Eventually, family members may also need to be prepared to cope with the departure of a child from the home.