Frequently Asked Questions about Therapeutic Foster Care
How do I become a therapeutic foster parent?
The process of becoming a foster parent requires two to four visits to your home and the completion of state-mandated training. The licensing worker assigned to you will gather the necessary paperwork, interview all household members, and help prepare you for the safety inspection of your home. All household members must pass background checks. Devereux’s training and screening process encompasses a mutual selection platform so that a fully informed decision can be made about whether becoming a therapeutic foster parent is right for you and your family.
What kind of specialized training does Devereux provide?
Training is provided to all foster parents. In addition, your spouse or domestic partner will be required to attend training, as applicable. CPR, first aid and other training may be required for licensing, and additional training is provided year-round to foster parents interested in further education.
Are there any fees to become a licensed therapeutic foster parent?
Devereux does not charge foster parents for training or licensing.
How long does it take to become a licensed therapeutic foster parent?
On average, it will take approximately four to six months for you to become licensed. The sooner you complete all of the requirements (fingerprint clearance card, CPR/first aid training, etc.) as well as the necessary paperwork, the faster you will progress through the licensing process. It takes two weeks or more to become registered with each of the funding agencies before you will be able to accept clients into your home.
Where will my therapeutic foster client come from?
A client may come from another foster home, a group home or a residential facility. Our client referrals originate from health insurance plans, managed care organizations (MCOs) and Regional Behavioral Health Authorities (RBHA’s) as funded by the state behavioral health system and federal tax monies. We also receive clients from various tribal entities throughout the state.
Will I get to meet the client before he or she is placed in my home?
Yes, you will get to meet the client and, in most cases, have a visit in your home before making your placement decision.
Will a foster client need his or her own room?
In many cases, foster clients in our child program may share a room with someone of the same gender, though their specific history and behavioral issues may require them to have their own room. Regardless, the foster client will need space for personal belongings and be provided their own bed. In the adult program, the foster client must sign a written agreement to share a room. Otherwise, they will need their own room.
Do I have to take any client you contact me about?
No. Prior to becoming licensed, you and your Devereux licensing worker will decide what type of clients would be a good match for your family. When we notify you of a potential match, we will provide you with information so you can make an informed decision before scheduling a meeting or visit. Please note, the safety of our clients, and of your family, is of the upmost importance, so we will not contact you about any client we feel may present a safety risk.
Do you offer financial compensation?
Yes. You will be provided financial compensation to cover the costs associated with caring for a therapeutic foster client. This compensation is provided to cover expenses, such as room and board, mileage, clothing, recreation and allowance. In addition, clients in foster care have full medical coverage.
What type of supports will I be provided as a therapeutic foster parent?
A Devereux Arizona specialist assigned to your family will conduct frequent visits to your home. Your specialist will provide you with resources, training and other supports, as needed. In addition, you will receive an allowance of paid respite days that you can utilize throughout the year.
What if I decide being a full-time therapeutic foster parent isn’t for me right now?
There are many opportunities to help our clients without becoming a full-time therapeutic foster parent. You may be able to provide short-term respite care to foster families, as well as donate or volunteer. Visit our Get Involved page for ways to support our foster care programs and clients.
How long will clients remain in my home?
This varies depending on the circumstances of each client and their individual situation. Placements can last a few months to a few years or longer. The average length of stay is nine to 12 months, but it varies greatly.
Where and when do clients visit their family of origin?
In the child program, that is largely determined by the treatment team in conjunction with the child’s legal guardian and courts for those clients in Department of Child Safety (DCS) custody. For those clients not in state custody, there are no restrictions on visitation, and that would be worked out between you and the client’s parents. In the adult program, the clients would largely be able to decide when these visitations occur.
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