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Be A Foster Parent

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“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.

The Process

Step 1:

Let’s Talk!

When you first contact one of our offices, a staff member will answer your questions about being a foster parent. If you’re interested in taking the next step, we will get your basic contact information to mail you a packet of information and forms or you may access the forms below. Once you have received the forms please fill them out and return them to us.

Click here to fill out the Foster Parent Form!

Step 2:

Orientation

You will be invited to an orientation, where you will meet with other interested families and learn more about what it will mean for you to be a foster parent. Questions are welcomed. If needed, a staff person will come to your home and meet with you individually to answer your questions and provide information. If you have not yet acquired an application you will receive one at that time. A World For Children provides foster/adopt services to every region of Texas.

Step 3:

Getting to know you better

We want to get to know you better and the home assessment is our first opportunity to visit with you in your home. We will evaluate the home environment in which you will be caring for children.

Step 4:

Pre-Service Training

Every prospective foster parent is required to attend the training listed below. This invaluable training is designed to help you make a final decision about becoming a foster parent. The classes are an opportunity to broaden your knowledge and strengthen your confidence to meet the challenge of taking children into your home. The following training is provided at no cost to you.

    • 8 hours of Foster Parent Initiative (FPI)
    • 3 hours of Medication Training
    • 16 hours of Behavioral Management and Restraint Training (TIP 1 and TIP 2)
    • 6-8 one hour sessions of in-home learning modules
    • 8 hours Trauma Informed Care (2 hours in person, 6 hours online)
    • CPR and First Aid training are also required. Please contact the local office to find available classes.
    • The State of Texas Minimum Standards also require that verified foster homes receive annual in-service training.
    • Through A World For Children staff and professional affiliations annual in-service training will be offered regularly.

Step 5:

Family Home Study

A caseworker will visit you in your home. The purpose is to discuss your personal history, family interests and lifestyle, childcare experiences, the types of children you feel would best fit in your home, and your strengths and skills in meeting the children’s needs. The home study is used in assessing the home for children’s safety and available space. All homes must meet standards enumerated in the Minimum Standards and Guidelines for Child-Placing Agencies.

Step 6:

Licensing or Verification

During the licensing process all documents will be reviewed to determine whether to certify or license you as a foster parent. You will then receive your certification listing the services your home is verified to provide.

Step 7:

Child Placement

Once you have the appropriate certification or license, A World For Children can match you with a child. You are now ready to provide a child or children in foster care with a safe and loving home.

Requirements

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Transferring Families

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.

Why AWFC?

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

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