There are over 5,000 children and adolescents in the foster care system in the state of Virginia. All of these children are hoping for a loving home that provides stability and patience.
At Embrace Treatment Foster Care, we realize how daunting it can be to know where or how to start the process of becoming a foster parent and the many questions that are raised. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions.
Are foster children in care because of something bad they have done?
Most children are in care because their parent does not have the ability to care for them. These are not bad children, they are just in a bad situation!
Do you have to be a "traditional" family to become a foster family?
Successful foster homes can be single moms and dads, empty nesters, cohabiting couples, same-sex couples, families with and without biological children, and anything in between to become foster parents! The most important requirement is for you to be a loving, supportive family where foster children can thrive.
Am I able to work a full-time job and foster?
Many foster parents have a full or part time job. Most foster care agencies can even help you with finding after-school or full-time child care if needed.
Is there a minimum income to become a foster parent?
Foster parents must be financially stable, but they do not have to be wealthy! Foster parents can reside in homes they own or rent, including apartments, condos and duplexes!
How much say do I have about the child placed in my home?
Permanency is something that every foster care agency strives for. We want to make sure that whatever foster child is placed in your home will be a good fit. Therefore, we have an open and honest conversation with you about what age and gender you feel most comfortable welcoming into your home.
I am concerned I will get to attached to a foster child living in my home.
It’s true — you will get attached, and it will be painful when children you love leave. But, you have the peace of knowing that no matter how long a foster child lived with you they were able to experience a loving, happy family for that time.