Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions, but please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions or require some clarification.

The entire process from start to finish should take 4 to 6 months from the initial phone call to licensing. Delays typically occur when paperwork is not submitted by families within a timely manner, or when Orientation for Caregiver’s Training is not offered within the timelines.

No, but submitting an application does not mean you are approved. Once you are approved and your home is licensed, we do ask you to remain with our agency for at least 1 year.

Yes, but we will assist you with all of this along your journey in becoming a foster parent. This includes attending our information session, completing Orientation for Caregiver’s Training and First Aid and CPR certification.

The primary purpose of a Home Assessment is to determine if a family is ready, willing, and able to become a suitable and safe placement resource for a child. The Home Assessment also provides Pathways Family Services family information to facilitate child/family compatibility determination. This is a highly personal process in which the family is asked to respond to very sensitive inquiries. Click here for more information.

No. As long as your residence has enough space for a child to have their own bedroom, and you meet the licensing requirements, any residence is fine.

Yes, although you will need to show us that you have appropriate supports, including babysitting and natural supports as daycare would not be covered by Children’s Services in most situations.

We ask that your household income is sufficient, and that fostering in not taking place of needed household income.

Foster parents are paid stipends to provide for the maintenance of the child/youth in their home, broken down per the age of the child. These funds cover such items as food, clothing, recreational/craft supplies, gifts, etc. Foster parents also receive a skill fee based on their training and skill level.

Yes. Foster parents participate in the matching process, and you will have indicated what age and gender you feel will best fit with your family dynamics.

Before a child is placed in your home, you will be given as much information as possible for you to decide whether or not to accept a placement. There are times when very little information is provided, and your role will be working with the children and youth not knowing things about their histories.

The goal of the foster parent is to provide a temporary home that provides a stable and caring environment with skilled care, which can be for a few days, weeks, several months or possible years.

Yes, as long as prior approval is made by the child’s caseworker and all documentation has been completed. This approval may also involve the birth family.

When you first begin fostering you may care for up to 2 children, but this will depend on your indications in the matching process in conjunction with Pathways Family Services.

Give us a call, or contact us via email and we would be happy to answer your question.