Foster Parenting

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Centerstone’s Integrated Therapeutic Foster Care Program is an Evidence-Based Approach pairing highly trained adults with children, youth and families who are experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulty.

We provide foster care, case management and therapy for children and teenagers. We also put a major emphasis on training our staff and families to work with the “whole child” for optimal well-being. This means that we focus not only on behavioral and mental health issues, but on environmental health factors such as sleep, diet and exercise. Helping our children make healthy choices in all facets of their lives provides for a more robust recovery and boosts their chances of success.

Centerstone is looking for loving foster parents who are willing to open their hearts and home to children in need.

Becoming a Foster Parent
Children and teens in state custody are often very vulnerable. Many are victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect. Some have behavioral and mental obstacles to overcome. Foster parents provide safe and supportive homes for these children.

The children in our program are typically between 12 and 18 years old. Centerstone provides foster parenting services on short- and long-term bases. Some children need foster parents while working toward reunification with their families. Others need an encouraging home environment while working toward independent living.

Training
All foster parents in our program complete a 10-week course titled “Parents As Tender Healers”—or PATH.

{TO FIND A PATH CLASS NEAR YOU – CLICK HERE}

Many children in our programs experienced trauma early in life. Those experiences impaired thei self-esteem, ability to trust and their willingness to build relationships. The PATH course teaches foster parents how to address these core issues. The PATH curriculum helps potential foster parents understand the complex challenges children face, specifically children in state custody.

Support
Each child in our program receives case management services. Centerstone Case Managers meet with children and their foster parents regularly to ensure children receive essential care and foster parents receive desired support.

Centerstone offers additional resources for children and foster parents as needed. Therapists are availabl for in-home visits to help children and foster parents manage complex issues. If more specialized care is needed, children and foster parents attend counseling sessions at Centerstone outpatient clinics.

Qualifications
Foster parents and mentors must have patience and a desire to work with children who need extra care and support. Additionally, foster parents and mentors must meet the income requirements and:

  • Be at least 25 years old
  • Have graduated high school
  • Submit three letters of recommendation
  • Have full coverage auto insurance
  • Complete a Centerstone background check
  • Abide by confidentiality policies
  • Have at least one year of experience working with youth
  • Have availability to spend with children in the evenings and on weekends

Have questions?
Visit our Foster Parent FAQ to learn the answers to common questions about becoming a foster parent. You can also contact us for more information at fostercare@centerstone.org.

 

Want to get started now? Click HERE for an application!

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