Be A Foster Parent
“A World For Children foster parents are the heart of ‘our world’. Each family is hand picked by God to serve His special children. Our families are so special – they rock a child in the middle of the night until the night terrors pass; they hold a child close and kiss away the tears; they create a gleam in the eyes of children who have lost their sparkle; they bring laughter to broken hearts; they open their homes and hearts to broken, battered children; they turn rain and a cloudy sky into a rainbow. Truly, A World For Children foster parents are treasures that we hold very dear.”
– Sharon Willis, Ed. D., Vice President of Operations
Our Foster Parents specialize in the following areas:
• Providing a strong commitment to serving the basic as well as therapeutic needs of the children in care.
• Providing appropriate supervision to ensure a child’s safety and well being.
• Working as an integral part of the treatment team in ensuring the individual treatment plan is addressed.
• Providing a safe, nurturing, and loving environment.
• Communicating with all professionals servicing the child to ensure appropriate treatment at all times.
To be considered as a Foster Parent with A World For Children you must:
- Be at least 24 years of age (each guardian).
- Be married/divorced/widowed at least one year or single.
- Be in satisfactory health.
- Have dependable transportation.
- Have a bedroom of at least 80 square feet for a foster child.
- Have stable income to support your family and household.
- Pass a fire and health inspection.
- Have a high school diploma, a GED, or be able to pass a competency test to demonstrate basic skills necessary for parenting.
- Have no criminal record or history of abusing a child.
- Be mentally healthy.
- Be a Citizen, permanent resident, or other qualified alien of the United States as defined in 8 U.S.C. 1641(b).
- Have enough childcare or life experience to provide sufficient background to become an effective foster parent.
You must also:
- Complete required hours of foster parent training.
- Be willing to abide by a policy of no physical discipline.
- Be willing to abide by the State of Texas and AWFC standards, policies, practices and procedures.
If you currently have children in your care, please contact your CPS caseworker and talk with them about your interest in transferring to A World For Children.
Please complete and return the following:
- AWFC Foster Parent Applications
- AWFC Authorization to Release Information Form for each agency you have worked with. Please include the agency’s name, phone number, fax number and the name of a contact person at the agency.
- AWFC Criminal History Form for each member of your household that is 14 or more years of age.
After these forms are completed, return them to A World For Children and we will contact the agency and facilitate the transfer of your information. Unless you make other arrangements through your Family Support Specialist at AWFC, please make sure you have contacted the agency you are currently working with to let them know you are considering transferring to AWFC and that we will be contacting them.
If your home has been active within the past year, you must complete the following training: FPI training before we can license your home, a 1 hour Restraint Policy class to learn AWFC Restraint Techniques and Policies, and training on our medication policies. Additional training may be required.
A World For Children believes that we must go above and beyond to meet not only the essential needs of children but also to provide wrap-around support for foster families and extra programs for our foster children. We want the children that we serve to be able to experience the magic of childhood – we provide themed Christmas parties, a trip to an amusement park, back to school adventures, money upon placement for their needs, as well as other functions throughout the year. Additionally, we ensure that we are available to foster parents 24/7, as we understand that in order for our foster children to succeed, we must grow, develop, and support the foster families that are caring for them. Our staff is caring and views their job as not just a way to pay bills but as their ministry.
We are not a corporation or just an agency; we are a family and want every family member to feel loved and important.
We have been with several foster agencies and we have never had one that cares about people as much as AWFC. You always know you have someone in your corner. Someone who answers the phone day or night, helps make this process easier in every way they can, and is there for every issues that comes up along the way. I LOVE AWFC! They are the best!!!
-Madison Carthel, Amarillo Foster Parent