Becoming a Foster & Adoptive Parent
To become a foster/ adoptive parent in the United States, several requirements have to be fulfilled. There are nine steps that have to be followed including qualify for application, initial application, background check, orientation meeting, STAR pre-service training, CPR and first aid training, SMART behavioral intervention training, medication administration training, safety inspection and home screening.
For one to be a foster parent, one must have attained a minimum of 21 years, be responsible, financially stable, completed application, shared their background information, provide documents supporting their status ( single, married, divorced or widowed), agree to home study, and to attend free training organized for them (Upbring, 2017).
There are different kinds of training required for an individual to qualify to be a foster parent. Some of them include STAR pre-service, CPR and first aid, SMART behavioral training as well as medical administration and psychotropic medications. Notably, STAR pre-service training stands for specialized training and resources for foster parents (STAR). Its primary purpose is to enlighten trainees on different factors including foster experiences, removal process, abuse, health and safety requirements, trauma introduction and communicable illness training.
SMART behavioral training, on the other hand, highlights some of the discipline and restraint interventions. Finally, medical administration and psychotropic medication training entail online medical consent and medical training that take a maximum of two hours to complete.
PRIDE in full means parent resources for information, development and education. Notably, it is an approach used to educate and train families interested in providing adoptive care
Home study entails screening and inspecting the safety of the foster homes before being licensed as a foster home. It involves a report from a caseworker on the state of the adopting family, and it contains information such as family background, education and employment, relationships and social life, daily life routines, and parenting experiences (AdoptUSKids, 2018).
Adoptive and foster parents have different responsibilities that include ensuring a safe environment for the children, providing basic requirements such as food, recreation, personal hygiene need and clothing. Moreover, they are also tasked with transporting or providing a means of transport to events such as court appointments, biological parent visits and mental or medical health appointments. They should also act as role models to the kids and participate in formatting child service treatment plan.
Foster parents have the rights to adopt a child after undergoing specific steps such as completing paperwork (Adoption.org, 2018). However, they must undergo different training to ensure they are ready for adoption.
Adoptive parents can provide foster care as they have undergone all the requirements including training that is deemed essential for the task.
The reimbursement rates in Texas to foster families for the services rendered differs according to the type of services offered. For instance, the minimum amount for basic care is $27.07, moderate is $47.37, $57.86 for specialized and $92.43 for intense care.
TARE stands for Texas adoption resource exchange, and it is a website that aids in matching adoptive parents with children waiting for adoption.
TARE site includes different aspects such as profile and picture of children waiting for adoption, information about the organization, explanation on different concepts of adoption, information about foster care, success stories and a link to the Texas Department of family and protective services (DFPS)
Adoption.org. (2018). When Can I Adopt My Foster Child? Retrieved November 28, 2018, from https://adoption.org/can-adopt-foster-child
AdoptUSKids. (2018). Completing a home study. Retrieved November 28, 2018, from https://www.adoptuskids.org/adoption-and-foster-care/how-to-adopt-and-foster/getting-approved/home-study
Upbring. (2017). How to Become Foster Parents in Texas in 9 Steps. Retrieved November 28, 2018, from https://www.upbring.org/14310/how-to-become-foster-parents-in-texas-9-steps/