Foster Care / Adoption

FAQ

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.

Will I receive any type of financial compensation for caring for foster children?

Yes. We understand that caring for a child incurs added expense. Therefore, foster parents are reimbursed a daily rate for the children’s care. An independent agency called Youth For Tomorrow (www.yft.org) reads the foster children’s charts and assigns a Level of Care to the children. The daily rate you will receive is tied to the service needs of the children in your home. The higher their needs, the higher the daily reimbursement amount. The minimum rate of reimbursement is set as law by the Texas Legislature. However, Arrow Child & Family Ministries reimburses our foster parents at a higher rate than required by law.

What’s the difference between being a foster parent with Arrow Child & Family Ministries or with the state?

A Christian Experience

Arrow Child & Family Ministries was founded under the calling of Christ to do His work through the agency. Our entire agency’s foundation is based on biblical principles. You will find Christ’s message alive in our Foster and Adoptive Parent training, our community life and fellowship activities, and in the staff working by your side. Children Served & Treatment Philosophy

Arrow Child & Family Ministries specializes in treatment foster care. The State will only license families to work with “basic” foster children. These children are supposed to have only minimal adjustment problems and require little specialized services. The State contracts with Arrow Child & Family Ministries to provide services to children with more therapeutic needs – you will be working with those children that have suffered the most abuse and are having a difficult time coping with it. Your love and guidance is so desperately needed for these children.

We would like to become a group home. Can we do that with you?

Perhaps, but not likely. Group homes usually take care of 8 to 12 children at a time. Arrow Child & Family Ministries believes that every child has the right to live in a family setting. Because of this belief, in addition to the fact that you will be caring for therapeutic children, we do not license group homes. However, we are aware that a few children actually do better in a group home setting, so after you have been a foster parent with us for many years, or you are currently a group home with another agency and would like to transfer to us, we may consider you on a case-by-case basis.

What does Arrow Child & Family Ministries offer that other agencies don’t?

All agencies offer one or two things that will meet your needs better than others. We are looking for families who are passionate, committed, and want to foster or adopt because they feel called to do so; families that feel led by Christ to do His will by taking care of His children. Because of this, a partnership with Arrow Child & Family Ministries might not be right for you. But if you’re looking for an agency that believes in matching kids with families rather than placing kids in “beds,” an agency that has extremely high standards and expectations from both staff and our parents, and an agency that believes that by fostering or adopting you are living Christ’s word, Arrow Child & Family Ministries might be right for you. We are not the easiest, we require a lot, but the reward is great.

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