Children and teens removed from their biological homes due to neglect and abuse need loving and secure temporary and permanent parents and families to provide structure, guidance and good role modeling. Many of these young people have problems trusting adults, sharing attention from adults with other children and have issues with being able to attach to care givers. They need the commitment of skillful parents to see them through the normal milestones of development which may or may not be on target for their ages.
Do the kids have a lot of behavior problems?
Although many children in the system are resilient, others are sad and afraid of continued maltreatment, making some of them naturally suspicious, distrustful and they may have difficulty attaching to care givers. They need the commitment of skillful parents to see them through the normal milestones of development which may or may not be on target for their ages. Each young person has strengths regardless of what has happened to them in the past, and foster and adoptive parents are trained to engage those strengths in managing their behaviors.
What kind of training will I receive?
How is fostering and adopting with an agency different than fostering and adopting with Child Protective Services
What are some other things I need to know?
Matching Children and Parents: Austin Children’s Shelter invests a lot of time and energy into making the best possible matches between children and parents. Although we do not typically have a lot of information about younger children because they are frequently removed from their biological home as emergency placements, older children and teenagers are required to have pre-placement visits with you in your home so that you can assess if you are able to commit to the child. Available information about their behaviors and issues are shared with you in advance when possible.
For youth who move from the Austin Children’s Shelter residential programs into foster or adoptive homes, you will have the opportunity for multiple pre-placement visits and a chance to join them in their therapy sessions before they move. Once youth are placed in your home, we take great care to assist you to sustain the placement. As a team member with us, you agree to work diligently to keep a foster child in your care until the time permanence is established so that the child experiences fewer incidents of loss and instability.
Case Management: Each family in our program is assigned a Case Manager who will assist the family to manage the myriad of requirements involved in providing fostering and adopting services with excellence. We empower our foster and adoptive parents to become equal members of the treatment team, which requires close communication with them about the young people in their care and with CPS or others involved in the case. To further assist our families to parent well, the Case Manager is available to broker resources, provide individualized training to parents specific to the youth in their care, and obtain the needed documents and services from CPS to support a healthy fostering or adoption experience.
Discharging a foster child from your home: The loss of a foster child from your home, whether planned or unplanned, can be an emotionally draining experience for your entire family. Your Case Manager will assist you to manage that process professionally and be supportive of your experience through coaching and training. We are with you the entire way through this experience.
What is the difference between providing foster care only and being a foster family that eventually decides to adopt?
When are the orientations
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