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Overview

The Foster Care Program offers you an opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child, who at the moment has no relatives who are able and willing to care for them. You will be able to give them the stability, their life needs at a time when they are facing confusion and distress.

You will receive support from the Case Manager, agency staff, and the Guardian ad Litem (if one is assigned to the case). They will continue to make you aware of the legal status of the case and the future of the child/children in your home. They are there to ensure you have all the tools necessary to care for, encourage and support the child/children in your home.

Some of the other benefits include annual clothing allowance, holiday events, distribution of school supplies, annual respite, counseling, summer camp, after school care and day care. You will be provided with continuous training to enable you to do the best job possible with the children who come into your home. There will also be the opportunity to network and meet with other foster parents.

Hear about the foster care experience from a foster parent.

 
 
Answers to your Frequently Asked Questions from Judge Mari Sampedro-Iglesia, the Associate Administrative Judge in Miami's Juvenile Division
 
Following are answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from Judge Mari Sampedro-Iglesia, the Associate Administrative Judge in Miami's Juvenile Division. We are thrilled to share the judge's thoughts with you.

 

 
Supporting Your LGBTQ Youth: A Guide for Foster Parents

Developed by the Child Welfare Information Gateway, this factsheet aims to help foster parents learn about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the child welfare system. It addresses common misconceptions about sexual orientation and gender identity, teaches foster parents about the unique risks that LGBTQ youth face and the important role they can play in reducing those risks, and provides tips for creating a welcoming home for youth. This resource outlines specific actions that foster parents can take to support their youths’ health and well-being in the community and provides

Research Brief

The Casey Family Programs is pleased to present a new research brief on parent engagement in the child welfare system entitled, “Strategies to Increase Birth Parent Engagement, Partnership, and Leadership in the Child Welfare System: A Review.” Birth parent engagement in child welfare programs is associated with reducing the recurrence of maltreatment, as well as contributing to the reunification of families and improving emotional adjustment in children. Engaging parents early and often is especially critical considering the negative outcomes for children experiencing maltreatment.

This research brief explores the barriers and proactive strategies to engaging parents in child welfare services, as well as benefits stemming from developing connections between birth and foster parents, utilizing birth parents as agency partners that mentor and train other birth parents, and drawing upon birth parent experience in an advisory capacity at the organizational level.

The research brief can be found at the following link:

Report Suspected Sex Trafficking

Watch this WEDU, PBS Tampa special on human trafficking ("Too Close to Home") and learn how you can help. Foster children are particularly susceptible to human trafficking.