How would you like to be part of changing the life of a child? Let us walk you through this journey of… changing the life of a child.
“What greater reward could there be than to give new life to a child; especially to a child who has been hurt or damaged by the mistakes of adults who were supposed to be the child’s love and support system. To be able to help a child learn to trust and love again is quite a reward in itself.”
– Sister Delores
This wall reminds me of myself, still standing but worn, with missing pieces and covered in patches to hide its flaws. Protecting the many cracks from vulnerability from the outside forces. Multicolored with years of adding strength to it, just to protect it from caving in on itself, but all the while ruining its solid, beautiful color to what others may see as another ugly wall. But this wall reminds me of me.-Jonny
As a foster parent you can help:
•Protect children who have been separated from their families
•Give children in foster care healthy, family life experiences
•Preserve the cultural identity of children in care
As a foster parent you will gain:
•The satisfaction of making a difference in the life of a child or teen
•Ongoing support, training, and supervision
•Financial support to help cover the basics of the child in care
•Reimbursement for other expenses related to foster care
Who can foster:
•With or without children
Foster parents must:
•Live in Kentucky
•Be 21 years of age or older
•Have a valid driver’s license
•Have space for another child in your home
•Complete background checks
•Attend free specialized trainings in or outside your home, at your convenience
•Be able to provide a safe, supportive, and stable home environment
•Have a love of children and desire to parent those in need
What is foster care?
Foster care is a temporary living arrangement for children who need a safe place to live when their parents or another relative cannot take care of them. The foster family and Gateway Children’s Services staff work together to return children to their own homes as quickly as possible in cases where the child becomes free for adoption, foster parents may be considered as adoptive parents.
Why do children need foster care?
Foster parents are the most important resource we have to give the children we serve by providing a safe, loving home to children and teens who are unable to remain with their own families due to:IllnessFamily breakdown (sickness, death, substance use/abuse, behaviors)School issuesRelationship issuesNeglect or abuse that threatens the welfare of children.
What kind of children will I be fostering? Or, What kind of children will be in my home?
As a foster parent you may give a home to a newborn or to a 21-year old child trying to get into college, needing extra support and a safe place to stay. These children and teens have been removed from their homes or are not able to return to their own homes for various reasons, such as illness, family breakdown, school issues, relationship issues, neglect or abuse that threatens the welfare of the children. Each child has their own unique “story”, and you taking part in that can change their life forever.
What does it cost to foster a child?
As a foster parent you are compensated for having a child(ren) in your home. Depending on the age and needs of the child compensation rates vary; however travel and other expenses are also compensated.
What are the benefits of being a foster parent?
The best benefit of being a foster parent is having the satisfaction of making a difference in the life of a child or teen that would otherwise not have the opportunity to have a new beginning. You have ongoing training, supervision, and support 24/7. You are compensated financially to help cover basic needs of the child, as well as reimbursements for other expenses related to foster care.
How does being a foster parent help?
As a foster parent you protect children who have been separated from their families. You are able to give these children or teens a healthy family life experience, that some or most have never had.
What does it take to be a foster parent?
To be a foster parent it is important that you have a heart for children. These children and teens are hurting and need a safe and stable environment. They need someone who will ensure their safety, show them love, help guide them, and show them support.
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