FOSTER CARE

Love in your heart?... Room in your home?... Foster a child today!

FOSTER CARE PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Oakland Family Services believes that foster care is a service to our most vulnerable children and placement of children in qualified foster homes is our highest goal. The agency believes that all children have a right to a family, and foster parents are a substitute family for a while, until problem situations are resolved.  The agency believes that foster parents are key members of an interdisciplinary team, which works in harmony to meet the needs of children. 

BEING A FOSTER PARENT:
Foster parenting is both a responsibility and an opportunity.  Foster parenting is looked upon as a high form of community service and can be one of the most gratifying personal experiences of your life. 

Who qualifies as a foster parent?

  • Any person at least 18 years or older who:
  • Has a safe and stable home environment
  • Understands the needs of children and can provide love
  • Has good emotional and physical health.
  • Couples or single adults may be foster parents
  • Foster parents may reside in an apartment, mobile home or single family home.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BASICS?

  • All members of the foster family must be committed to taking on the extra responsibility of foster children. They must be willing to participate in a family assessment, become licensed through the State and follow the licensing rules of the State. 
  • Foster parents begin the process through attending one of our monthly foster parent orientation meetings.
  • Foster parents receive pre-service education as well as ongoing training.
  • Foster families need to be flexible enough to accommodate weekly “parenting time” visits between the child and the biological family, which usually occur at the agency.
  • Foster families bring the foster child for counseling appointments.

HOW IS FOSTER CARE FUNDED?

Foster children receive State funded Medicaid for medical and dental services.
Foster parents receive reimbursement for the room and board and other needs of the foster child. 

ASK YOURSELF THESE QUESTIONS:

Can I help a child understand why he/she cannot live at home?
Can I accept the fact that a foster child will eventually leave my home?
Can I work with the child’s treatment team?
Can I contribute to the effort to return a child home?
Can my own children accept other children in my home?

HOW DO I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS PROGRAM?

If you can answer yes to the previous questions and your heart belongs to children, please give us a call at (248) 858-7766 and ask for the Foster Care Department.