Commonly Asked Questions About Foster Care

Devereux Arizona - Foster Parent Common Q & A

Q: How do I become a foster parent?
A: The process to become a foster parent includes two to four visits to your home and completion of state-mandated training. The licensing worker assigned to your family will gather paperwork, interview all household members, and help prepare you for the safety inspection of your home. All household members must pass criminal and CPS background checks and be available for interviews. Devereux’s training and screening process encompasses a mutual selection platform so that a fully informed decision can be made about whether becoming a foster parent is right for you and your family.

Q: What kind of specialized training am I provided?
A: A 30 hour training is provided for all foster parents. Additionally, your spouse or domestic partner will be required to attend training, as applicable. Devereux holds classes on a weekday evening or Saturday morning, and classes are held once a week for three hours. CPR, First Aid, or other training may be required for licensing, and additional training is provided year-round to foster parents interested in further education.

Q: Are there any fees to become a licensed foster parent or to adopt a foster child?
A:Devereux does not charge foster parents for training or licensing. Additionally, fees to adopt a foster child may be eligible for reimbursement.

Q: Where will my foster child come from?
A: In most circumstances, children are placed in a foster home within hours of being identified by Child Protective Services to be removed from their current home. Abuse, neglect, or parental illness are common reasons for a child to need a foster home. Sometimes a child may come from another foster home, a group home, or a residential facility.

Q: Will I get to meet the child before he or she is placed in my home?
A: In most circumstances, children are placed immediately after coming into foster care. In some situations, you may be able to visit with the child before accepting them into your home.

Q: How long will a foster child stay with me?
A: This varies depending on the individual circumstances of the child. Most children will return home to family after a few months or a year. Others may become eligible for adoption or stay in foster care until they turn 18. Children are eligible to continue in foster care past their 18th birthday.

Q: Will a foster child need their own room?
A: Most foster children may share a room with your own child of the same gender. They will need space for personal belongings and be provided their own bed.

Q: Do I have to take any child you place with me?
A: No. Prior to becoming licensed, you and your Devereux licensing worker will decide what type of child would be a good match for your family. When we call you with a potential match, we will provide you the necessary information about the child for you to make an informed decision.

Q: Do you offer financial compensation?
A: Yes. You will be provided financial compensation to cover the costs of caring for a foster child. Children with higher needs are eligible for higher reimbursement rates. This compensation is provided to cover expenses such as room and board, mileage, clothing, recreation, and allowance. Children in foster care have full medical coverage. Additionally, foster children may be eligible for other resources such as free school lunch, clothing allowance, or daycare expenses for working foster parents.

Q: Where and when do foster children visit with their family of origin?
A: The courts and CPS will determine how often visitations occur. When the child’s plan is reunification with family, visits are crucial in maintaining the child’s sense of belonging and bond with the parents. You will likely be asked to participate in meetings or discussions with the biological family, when appropriate. You may also be asked to transport the child to visits, which are usually held in a supervised office setting.

Q: Where is the greatest need?
A: The need for foster parents is prevalent for families taking in children of all ages and situations. However, the greatest need is for families willing to accept teenagers and sibling groups.

Q: What kind of supports will I be provided as a foster parent?
A: Devereux will provide frequent visits to your home by a Specialist assigned to your family, a 24-hour emergency contact number, and 10 days of Respite per year. Your Specialist will be able to provide you with resources, training, and other supports as needed.

Q: Do foster children become available for adoption?
A: Sometimes a foster child may not be able to reunify with their families for various reasons. In these circumstances, the foster parent is a primary consideration when the child becomes adoptable.

Q: What if I decide being a full-time foster parent isn’t for me right now?
A: There are many opportunities to help foster children without becoming a full-time foster parent. You may be able to provide short-term respite to foster families, become a mentor, or volunteer with Devereux's Foster Care programs.

Devereux Arizona Maricopa (Phoenix)
Foster Care
2320 West Peoria Avenue, Suite B-147
Phoenix, AZ 85029
Office: 602-283-7100
Fax: 602-896-2580

Therapeutic Foster Care
Devereux Arizona in Sierra Vista
P.O. Box 1836
Sierra Vista, AZ 85636

Holly Whitman
Therapeutic Home Specialist
Office: (520) 458-5362
Fax: (520) 458-5364

Devereux Arizona Pima (Tucson)
Foster Care
6141 East Grant Road
Tucson, AZ 85712
Office: 520-576-5801
Fax: 520-886-0489

Jessica Bargenquast
Community Outreach & Marketing Specialist
Office: 520-296-5551,x132
Fax: 520-886-0489

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