Foster care is a system of care provided for children who cannot live with their birth families for either a short or an extended period of time.
Maryhurst teaches all of our foster and adoptive parents to provide therapeutic foster care, which refers to homes equipped with additional support and sensitivities beyond those required by the State for traditional foster families. Because most of the children placed in Maryhurst foster homes have some level of emotional and behavior problems due to their histories of neglect and abuse, we feel all parents must have the skills to provide them with proper care, nurturing and consistency to help them heal from those traumas.
Foster parent requirements:
Yes! We call this respite care. All of our parents use respite care and provide respite care whether they have a full-time foster child or not. For instance, if a parent is going out of town for the weekend or has a special occasion that is not for the child to attend, they might schedule respite with another foster parent while they are away. Respite-only parents complete the same training as full-time foster parents.
Parents will receive compensation for each day the child is in their home. This is called a per diem. Per diem rates range from $24 to $50 a day based on the needs of the child in their home. All children who are in state’s care also have Medicaid coverage in the form of a medical card, which means you aren’t responsible for medical costs.
Yes. During the training, we will educate you on the needs of children we serve. After this training, you will be asked about preferences regarding behavioral issues, emotional issues, age, gender, and culture.
The process of certification involves 36 hours of training, appropriate paperwork, background checks, home study, and interviews with all members of the potential foster family. The training takes up to 10 weeks to complete. Once that is completed, the amount of time before certification will depend on how quickly the applicant is able to complete the requirements plus time for Maryhurst Embrace staff to complete the home study.
This time frame is variable and depends greatly on how specific you are regarding the type of child that you want. Our goal is to match children with appropriate families and sometimes this can take time. Keep in mind that children are more easily matched with foster families that are open to a wide variety of children, including race, age, gender, and behaviors.