Jun 30, 2017
Every day, foster parents throughout the Denver region step up to the plate to take care of children living away from their homes. At any given moment, approximately 900 Denver children and youth live apart from their families. Foster parents play a critical role in these children’s lives, providing protection and basic provisions for them until their parents are ready and able to step in and take over this important role, adequately provide for them, and ensure their needs are met.
To get involved with foster parenting in Denver, one need only be financially stable and willing to help a child. The greatest areas of need in the foster care program are for foster parents capable of opening their homes up and meeting the specific needs of:
It takes approximately 90 to 180 days to qualify as a foster parent. The process involves a handful of steps which include the following:
Denver foster care is vital to the well-being of these children and youth in need of caring home in this region. The minimum qualifications to be considered a foster parent in Denver and help those children in need the candidate must be:
Kids Crossing is a private, non-profit, 501c3 Child Placement Agency licensed by the State of Colorado providing resources and training for Denver foster parents. For more information on Denver foster care and/or becoming a foster parent in Denver, call Kids Crossing at (303) 330-5083.
Jun 13, 2017
There is an exciting new project being implemented through Denver County Department of Human Services. The Department is working with Kids Crossing (and another CPA) to recruit, train, and support foster parents for difficult children and adolescents. The Department is working with Deveraux and Tennyson for Children to provide in-home support and 24/7 crisis response/stabilization to the foster parents. These five partners are committed to providing state of the art trauma-informed care to these children and adolescents.
The traditional foster parent receives minimal reimbursement for providing care to a foster child. This reimbursement is to only cover the basics – food, shelter, and clothing. Foster parents often spend more on the care of these children than what is covered by the reimbursement. The professional foster parent will be reimbursed at a higher level than the traditional foster parent. The professional foster parent will be paid $100-$150 a day for each youth in the home. This is a tax-free reimbursement.
In the traditional foster home there are foster parents who take foster children into their home and make them part of their family. Foster parents are often asked to make a long-term commitment to caring for these foster children. If the children are unable to return home, the foster parents often adopt the children.
Most of the children and adolescents in the foster care system will return home to their own parents or to the home of a relative. These youth do not need new parents – even temporary parents. These youth do need a temporary home instead of living in an institution. These youth need a temporary home with adults who can provide guidance and support – with professional foster parents.