How long will a child be in my home?

Resource parents have a choice about the length of time they will provide a home for a child. Some people receive children in an emergency and keep them for a few days until they can return home or until social workers can arrange for a longer term placement. Other resource parents provide a home for a child for several months while the birth family is working to make things safer. There are also resource parents who are licensed to provide respite care for children. This gives their resource parents some time off for a few hours or a few days. Some resource parents love to work with older children and support their transition into adulthood. It is difficult to predict how long a child will need foster care. When a referral is made to Child Protective Services, social workers determine whether there is a need for protection.

A resource parent who has agreed to receive a child in crisis may be called at any time. The child may stay a few days while the social worker makes arrangements for the child to return home or to go to another family member. If the child cannot live with his or her own family, the resource parent who first receives the child may be asked to keep the child. Or, the child may move to another resource parent who provides care for several months while parents work to make their home life a healthier and safer place. When the Court makes permanent plans for the child the resource parents might have the opportunity to become guardians or to adopt the child. For further information, contact us at 707-253-4761.

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1. What is resource parenting?
2. Why do some children need resource care?
3. What is “kinship care”?
4. What are children in foster care like?
5. What does it take to be a resource parent?
6. How do I know if resource parenting is right for me and my family?
7. How are children placed in homes?
8. What happens to children when they are first removed from their birth families?
9. How long will a child be in my home?
10. What if I want to adopt a child?
11. How long will I wait before a child comes to live with me?
12. May I choose the child I want?
13. Will I get to meet the child before he / she comes to live with me?
14. Will the birth parents know where I live?
15. Do I need to be married to be a resource parent? Can I be divorced and be a resource parent?
16. What about if I rent my home?
17. Am I too old to be a resource parent?
18. Can I be a resource parent if I am working?
19. Can a foster child go to church with us?
20. Do foster children need individual bedrooms?
21. What are the financial arrangements?
22. What is licensing?
23. What if I need help?
24. Will I ever get to see the children again?
25. I know a child who I might want to have live with me. What should I do?
26. Can I place a foster child in day care?
27. Why do I need to take classes before resource parenting? I know how to raise children.
28. What can I expect when the licensing social worker visits my home?
29. What safety requirements does my home have to meet?