Christian Foster Care – Baltimore

Christian Foster Care – Baltimore

The need for more foster parents in Baltimore never stops being critical. The simple fact is, there are more kids coming into foster care than there are families training to become foster parents. Sadly, too many of these youth are being sent to live in shelters and residential facilities because there simply aren’t enough foster homes. With more churches in Maryland than foster kids, all it would take for every child in need to have a real foster home is for one family in each church to foster one child. That’s it.

Look over the information below and if you have any questions, use the form at the bottom of the page to contact us. We’d love to hear from you

 

Basic Requirements to Foster with Arrow

Baltimore Foster CareThe single greatest qualification to become a foster parent is to have a deep desire to help a child who needs you. Beyond that, foster parents are all ages, races and income levels. Foster parents may be married or single, working or retired, renters or homeowners, have children or have no parenting experience at all.

You can get more detailed requirements at one of our monthly information meetings held at each Arrow office, but these are the basic requirements for becoming licensed to foster a child with Arrow:

  • Be at least 25 years of age, financially stable, and a responsible mature adult
  • Marital status cannot have changed for one year
  • Pass a criminal history background check, and abuse/neglect check on all adults in the household
  • Provide personal references from spiritual, business, employment, and social relationships, and at least one personal reference from a relative not living with you
  • Complete a foster parent application
  • Participate in required training
  • Agree to follow all of Arrow’s policies & procedures
  • Have adequate sleeping space
  • Become certified in First Aid and CPR
  • Conduct home fire, health and safety inspections
  • All household members must participate in a comprehensive home study by sharing personal background and lifestyle information

 

Your Next Steps To Learn About Foster Care

You and your family are the only ones who can determine if opening your home to a child who needs a temporary home is something you can do. So the first thing you need is information.
No brochure or website can adequately help you make that decision. That’s why we hold a monthly information meeting where you can hear all the details about fostering, and you can ask all the questions you have. This monthly meeting is typically about three hours long, and covers the following:

  • The history of Arrow Child & Family Ministries
  • The story of Esther (orphan to queen)
  • The history of foster care
  • The current child welfare system
  • How children come into foster care
  • The trauma experienced by foster children
  • The next steps needed to pursue fostering

Should you decide foster is something you want to pursue, there are six Ambassador Family Initiative training classes you’ll need to attend. These are specifically designed to give you the tools you’ll need to successfully foster a child, even if you’ve never had a child living in your home. Each class is approximately three hours long, and the series covers these topics:

  • Child Development
  • Separation, Loss & Grief
  • Connecting & Correcting
  • Communication
  • Child Maltreatment
  • Regulations & Documentation

 

Join Us For Our Next Informational Meeting

Tuesday, May 14th
6:00pm – 8:00pm 

1605 Cromwell Bridge Rd.
Baltimore, MD 21234
410/882.9133
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