“If you want something in your life you never had, you’ll have to do something you have never done.”-JD Houston
We believe that on-going trauma based therapeutic services, combined with long-term, consistent, and non-judgmental care-taking helps these teens prepare for a successful adulthood and self-sufficiency.
Our program provides on-going training and support to foster parents, who are an integral part of the teens’ treatment team.
Spero Family Services Foster Parents recieve
- Monthly Training and Support
- Regular Meeting with the Foster Care Team
- Lead Foster Parent Peer Support
- A Team with a Faith Based Mission
Frequently Asked Questions
What is foster care?
What kinds of children need foster homes the most?
Every child is special, and all children have special needs in addition to the need to feel safe, secure and loved. DCFS is always in need of foster families to meet the needs of:
*Babies born with the HIV (AIDS) virus or with cocaine in their system
*Children with special medical needs
*Brothers and sisters who need to stay together
*Teenage mothers and their babies
*Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth
How will a child be matched with my family?
You can express a preference on the age, race, and sex of the child that you think would best match your family circumstances, skills and priorities. Agencies do their best to find placements for children that are a good fit for both the child and the foster family. However, it is important to be willing to get to know a child as an individual and to keep an open mind about the parenting you can do.
How many foster children can we welcome into our home?
That depends on factors such as your ability, your enthusiasm, how many biological children you have, and how much room you have in your home. The maximum number, including biological children, is set out by DCFS licensing standards.
What kinds of issues do children in foster care need help overcoming?
All children that have experienced the trauma that comes from being separated from their family on top of the circumstances that brought them into care will have a variety of issues that they will need help with. Many are frightened and confused at the sudden separation from their parents. Some are angry. Others may think they are being sent to a foster home as punishment. Even babies may be extremely fretful and irritable at first. These problems gradually lessen, though, as a child comes to know that you care for him or her. Foster caregivers also receive training and get connected to services to help the children adjust and eventually thrive while in their home.
What kind of support will we receive?
Foster parents in “regular” foster care programs receive a monthly check to cover the child’s food, clothing and personal allowance. The amount of the check is based on the child’s age.
Each foster child gets a medical card from the state which guarantees payment for all necessary medical care and preventive medicine. You will be given a number to call to get help in selecting a physician for a child placed with you. The medical card is also accepted by many hospitals and for approved prescriptions. You should not pay any medical bill directly.
Foster children go to regular public schools, unless they need special education, for which the state can pay. Private or parochial school tuition cannot be paid by the State. Foster children may attend private or parochial schools, but only if the tuition is paid by some other source.
Your supervising child welfare agency and your child’s caseworker are responsible for supporting your family on a daily basis. Each agency, including DCFS, has developed internal supports, which include foster parent support groups, newsletters, after hours telephone numbers, and community resources.
Support from DCFS
The Department of Children and Family Services provides overall support to licensed private child welfare agencies with foster care programs, while maintaining its own foster care program. DCFS also directly provides universal foster care information and impartial advocacy for all foster families statewide.
Are there differend types of foster care or foster parents?
Foster parenting typically begins with children who have the legal goal to be reunited with their birth parents or other family members as soon as possible as part of the juvenile court process. Foster care for reunification means the foster caregiver is involved in and willing to support visits and to work cooperatively with the caseworker and the parents toward a reunification goal. If the court determines that reunification is not the goal, foster families will be looked at to be a permanent family through adoption, or to create a life-long connection for an older youth whose goal is independence.
Sometimes abused or neglected children need more intense services and the foster family must possess additional skills to meet the individual needs of that child. DCFS has contracts with agencies for “Specialized” or “treatment” foster care programs. Foster parents who either already have necessary skills, or are willing to be trained to meet the special needs of these foster children, may become part of a specialized program. These foster families also receive additional payments, resources and training than in what is considered “traditional” foster care programs.
How long does the licensing and training process take?
How will our children react to children in foster care living with us?
Do children in foster care need individual bedrooms?
Can we take a child in foster care on vacation with us?
Can the children go to church with us?
Do a child's birth parents visit him or her?
Can we ever adopt a child through foster care?
Won't it be hard on us when the child is reunited with his or her family or is adopted?
Contact us for more information on how to become a spero foster parent
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