Foster Care / Adoption

FAQ

How much money do I have to make?

You have to be able to cover all of your current expenses without counting the foster care reimbursement rate. In other words, Arrow Child & Family Ministries requires that you are able to pay all of your current bills including food, mortgage, car note, insurance, entertainment, etc. We will ask to see a copy of your income statements and will ask about your bank accounts to verify that the foster children’s reimbursement is being used on them and not as a source of income for you.

What ages are the kids?

Birth to 18. However, most of our children are school age. Many of the foster children referred to us are in Jr. High or High School and we have very few homes that work with them; consequently we turn away those kids resulting in their living in shelters, or large group homes. Although you choose what ages you would like to be considered for, we strongly encourage you to offer your home to a child over the age of 12.

Can we use training from another agency?

Yes. If you are currently licensed with another agency or the state and wish to transfer to Arrow Child & Family Ministries we can accept some (or all) of your training. Our staff will review what training you have and design a specific training plan for you to join the Arrow Child & Family Ministries family. We then ask that you attend a graduating class of our Ambassador Family Initiative training within 6 months of joining us.

How long does the licensing process take?

About 45 to 60 days. How quickly you become licensed with Arrow Child & Family Ministries has a lot to do with how focused and motivated you are. If the timing is right, you are diligent in turning in your paperwork and signing up for the next available Ambassador Family Initiative Pre-Service, and have nothing in the way of a criminal record that needs further exploration by Arrow Child & Family Ministries you could be licensed in as soon as 45 days. Other factors that play a part in your timeframe include getting your reference checks back and making sure that your home has been inspected, pet vaccinations are current, etc.

How long will it take to place a child in my home?

That depends. You hear about children housed in shelters and crowded into large group homes. It’s true, there are hundreds of children waiting to be placed in your loving home. However, Arrow Child & Family Ministries works to find the right match between your family and the foster child. We do not just place children in your home because you have an opening; that type of placement is destined to fail. We match a child’s age, behaviors, personality, needs, etc., specifically to your family. Think of it as a puzzle; our job (yours and mine) is to find the right piece to fit the right space. If we just start trying to shove pieces into mismatched spaces, they simply don’t fit and a complete picture will never emerge. Arrow Child & Family Ministries is proud that we take this stand. We are well respected by CPS for truly matching children and not just placing them into a “bed.”

We will work with you to determine what age group and type of child you would be most comfortable working with. The more specific and narrow you are, the longer it may take to find that “match” for your home. For example, if you say you only want to work with “Six-year-old girls with one blue eye and one green eye,” then you need to be prepared to wait a long time for that “match” to come around. However, if you are open and flexible to the age and type of child you are willing to work with, especially teenagers and sibling groups, we might have a placement waiting for you the day you get licensed with us!

Is there a lot of paperwork involved once we have a child?

There is some, but not too much! Once the initial application packet is completed, the rest of the paperwork occurs once you have a child in your home. We believe that our Foster Parents are the key agent of change in a child’s life, and documentation on the child is very important since it is read by judges, lawyers, case-workers, therapists, etc. You will be trained how to document progress and ask that a note be written on a child about every other day letting us know the child’s successes and areas to keep working on. Lastly you will need to put your initials on a form when you give a child medication, and at the end of the month complete your expense report so we can reimburse you for things such as mileage, respite, etc.

How long will a foster child live with me?

On average about 8 to 12 months. However, that depends on a lot of things. Some kids come into our care for just a few days, and some are raised by their foster parents.

Where do these children come from?

Most are from state authorities. All of these children have been removed from their biological home by the state due to physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect. We do have some private placements and some children come from other state juvenile justice and health agencies.

Do the foster kids have medical insurance?

Yes. Typically our children have Medicaid – medical and dental insurance that also includes therapy and behavioral health services. A small number of children will come on their parent’s private health insurance.¬†Since the majority of our children are on Medicaid you will want to find a doctor, dentist, and psychiatrist in your area that will accept Medicaid. If you need help, we have children all over the state so we should be able to help connect you with one in your area.

Can we use our family doctor?

Yes. Again, you might want to see if your doctor will accept Medicaid as your foster child will most likely be covered on that.

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