Hillsides and Bienvenidos are actively recruiting for new Resource Families (formerly known as foster families) to help children in crisis due to the pandemic using the #CreateLastingChange hashtag on social media. Open your heart and your home to a child in need! Read on for more information.
Home-based family care
Home-based family care (formerly known as foster care) is an opportunity to provide children who have experienced trauma, abuse, and/or neglect a place to call home. Bienvenidos, an affiliate of Hillsides, provides services to children and youth ranging from newborn to 21 years old from all backgrounds.
Family is the foundation of a child’s emotional well-being. When children are given a place to call home made up of people they can call family, they are able to heal and begin to thrive. We are doing our part to help meet the demand for new resource families who can care for children impacted by the pandemic as part of our #CreateLastingChange campaign and encourage anyone who is interested in exploring this opportunity to contact us here or 909-447-7520.
When you work with an agency like Hillsides and Bienvenidos, you receive an array of resources, training and post-placement support that is customized to your unique circumstances. One of the most important measures of success in home-based family care agencies is the percentage of children who find stability in their placements and we are well above the average with more than 86 percent of children in our care who remain in their first placement home. Our team works diligently with our clients and potential resource families to ensure the best matches possible and to trouble-shoot issues as they arise.
Beyond home-based family care, adoption is an opportunity for children to have a “forever family” when they are unable to be reunited with their birth parent(s). Many resource families ultimately choose to adopt kids who are placed with them because of positive experiences and increased stability for all involved and we help make that transition towards adoption a smooth one.
The rewards of becoming a resource family (formerly known as foster family):
- Knowing you have nurtured a child in need
- Knowing you have planted seeds for success in life
- Letting a child know that they matter to you
- Filling your home with the sounds and sights of children
- Allowing yourself a stepping stone if you’re not sure of your readiness to adopt
- Strengthening your community
- Joining a community of like-minded resource families who share their strength and hope with each other
- Support of your placement agency and financial support from state agencies that varies depending on the needs of the child placed. (See below for more information)
- It typically takes two to six months to become certified as a resource or adoptive parent.
- Our children have experienced trauma; fostering them can be challenging.
- You will invest time and love on a daily basis and perhaps not always feel it returned.
- You will support a child for a period of days, months, or years, and then may need to say goodbye should the child be returned to their birth parent(s) or need to move on.
- You may find yourself bonding with a child or teen and wanting to become a legal guardian or adoptive parent and be limited by the legal rights of the birth parent(s).
- You will not be on this journey alone--we are with you every step of the way
- All resource parents receive 30 hours of intensive, interactive training that uses proven curricula
- Once a child in home-based family care is welcomed into your home, our social workers make consistent home visits and are accessible around the clock to ensure that you are supported and your child’s needs are met
- We are licensed to transform you from a resource parent to adoptive parent
Who can be a resource parent?
We welcome a diversity of resource and adoptive families, regardless of gender, race, national origin, religious affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. The requirements are that you:
- Are 21 years of age or older
- Can offer a designated bedroom in your home for a child or more than one child
- Love children
- Have a stable income
- Are able to commit to challenges
- Have a strong desire to make a difference
How do I become a resource parent?
- Contact us for an initial interview
- Attend an orientation meeting
- Complete the background clearance process
- Complete the application and required training
- Pass a home environment assessment and home study with favorable rating
- Welcome an infant, child, teen or young adult into your home!
What kind of financial support do I receive as a resource parent?
A family typically receives $1,059 per month as a resource family to help cover expenses like housing, food and clothing. Some families with higher needs children receive Intensive Services Foster Care Funding because they are specially trained to care for children and young adults with intensive needs. These include, but are not limited to, medical, therapeutic or behavioral needs. The monthly financial support that ISFC families receive on behalf of an eligible child is $2,763 a month. Children may be eligible for a higher rate if they have additional developmental disabilities
What other information should I know?
Children in home-based family care have Medi-Cal health and dental coverage and you receive:
- Free training (pre- and post-approval)
- Free initial CPR & First Aid certification
- A reapproval bonus for timely recertification
- Eligibility for referral bonuses
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