Most children are placed in resource care due to circumstances beyond their control such as sexual, emotional, and physical abuse and neglect. Many of these children are placed in homes outside our area due to a lack of resource homes. We would like to keep children local to their home counties so they may go about their everyday life and not focus on the interruption they are experiencing. Also, by keeping the children local it allows them to remain in schools they are currently attending. Allowing them to be with their group of friends and teachers thus leaving some familiarity in their lives, but also so their educational goals do not suffer.
Steps to become a resource parent?
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- Be able to pass a background clearance.
- Be able to pass fingerprinting.
- First Aid and CPR certification.
- Completion of training and orientation.
- Home visits by our recruitment team.
- Family analysis by our professionally trained social workers.
These are the primary steps to become a resource parent. We will provide you with your paperwork and our courtesy and professional staff will assist with any questions or concerns along the way. The NEED to help children and youth is never ending. If you are determined to make a difference in a child's life click here http://www.childrenshopeffa.org/application/
Children's Hope does NOT discriminate on the basis of religion, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, or marital status.
For approved training click on the "resource parent" tab.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What's the difference between foster/adoptive/resource family?
Resource Family is the new name for foster family as of January 201. The process for receiving certificate of approval to be an adoptive family, relative placement or Foster Home is all the same known as the RFA Approved (Resource Family Approval).
2. What costs are associated with RFA for interested families?
Fingerprinting is reimbursed up to $90.00 per person. Health Screen: each Dr. or medical facility will have different fee's structure depending on your insurance carrier is or amount of co-payment. First Aide & CPR: online class is about $25.00, but we will reimburse up to $70.00. Fire extinguishers for the the home about $25.00-$50.00.
3. What is the adoption process?
Once your family becomes RFA certified you are also adoption ready. Once the judge determines that adoption will be in the best interest of the child, you will be assigned an adoption worker. More often the RFA home (foster home), is the first to be considered for adoption as long as the child doesn't have family members that would like to step in and assume responsibility.