Dec 01, 2017
Did you know that the foster care system has been around for thousands of years in one form or another? From ancient times, there have been parentless children in need of care. Early Christian church records show children were boarded with "worthy widows" who were paid by collections from the congregation. In 1636, less than thirty years after the founding of the Jamestown Colony, at the age of seven, Benjamin Harris Eaton became this nation's first foster child. Interestingly enough, Eaton has Colorado ties. He was an American politician, entrepreneur, and agriculturalist in the late 19th and early 20th Century, was the fourth Governor of Colorado from 1885 to 1887 (nicknamed “the farmer governor”), was a founding officer of the Greeley Colony and passed away in Greeley, Colorado on October 29, 1904, at the age of 70. The town of Eaton, Colorado is named for him.
There are many reasons and circumstances that make it difficult or impossible for biological families to care for their children, sometimes this includes the death of the parent or parents, with no suitable biological family available to step in and take over. In spite of this, there are many famous people who have been in the foster care system at one time or another, including those who have gone on to become pro athletes, authors, musicians, motivational speakers, dancers, designers, entrepreneurs, US senators, singers, and actors, and household names like the late James Dean, John Lennon, Steve Jobs, and Marilyn Monroe.
Foster kids are like any other kids, they face the same challenges other kids face growing up, but they hold dreams like other kids, too. And they need love and support to reach their goals and make those dreams come true. Becoming a foster parent should be seriously considered before a commitment is made. The impact of being in the foster system is life changing for all involved, and becoming a foster parent is a commitment of time, resources, support, emotions, and care. Foster parenting is a commitment to provide love and support for a child and family in need, at a critical and often very emotional time for both the child and the family. If you think you may wish to become a foster parent in the Colorado foster care system, we encourage you to first educate yourself on the requirements.
Kid’s Crossing is a private, non-profit, 501c3 Child Placement Agency licensed by the State of Colorado providing resources and training for foster parents. Our agency was founded by foster parents, for foster parents, and we understand the heart, commitment, and dedication required to foster a child. For more information on Colorado foster care and/or becoming a foster parent in Colorado Springs, call Kid’s Crossing at (719) 632-4569.
Oct 09, 2017
Children in Colorado foster care feel adrift on a sea of uncertainty, and desperately need the love, care, and stability of a good home. If you are a financially stable U.S. citizen or resident 21 years of age or older, physically and emotionally healthy and living in Colorado, these kids need you. You may have questions about the cost to foster or adopt a child; this often depends on the type of child placement agency used. Colorado is an agency state, which means you must use either a private or a county child placement agency.
If you are thinking about becoming a foster parent for a child in Colorado, you may already know that there are thousands of kids in the Colorado foster care system. These children need people like you in their lives, with the commitment to open your heart and home to care for a child in need. Many of these children were removed from the place they called home since birth, to somewhere that may be far from friends and biological families. This causes massive turmoil in their lives, forcing them to change schools, lose touch with lifelong friends, makes it difficult if not impossible to see their biological parents and siblings, and usually means that they must leave all the familiar, comforting things behind them, perhaps forever.
If you believe you are ready to become a foster parent for a child in Colorado, we would like to encourage you to educate yourself on the requirements for becoming responsible for a child or children currently in the Colorado foster care system. Although the need for foster parents is great, this is not a commitment to be undertaken lightly, as you are likely to forge lifelong relationships as a result of your involvement with a child you take into your home.
Kid’s Crossing is a private, non-profit, 501c3 Child Placement Agency licensed by the State of Colorado providing resources and training for foster parents. Our agency was founded by foster parents, for foster parents, and we understand the heart, commitment, and dedication required to foster a child. For more information on Colorado foster care and how to become a foster parent in Colorado Springs, call Kid’s Crossing at (719) 632-4569.
Sep 15, 2017
One of the most selfless acts a person can do is volunteer to be a foster parent. The need for Pueblo foster care providers is one that is always present. Hundreds of children in Pueblo County need the temporary safety and security of a foster home that can provide them stability while they live away from their homes. Foster parents play a critical role in these children’s lives. By providing protection and basic provisions for foster children until their parents are ready and able to step in and take over this important role, foster parents provide an extremely valuable service.
Foster parenting is for those that want to provide a structured home for a child in need. Those that enjoy helping children grow, thrive, and achieve make great candidates for foster parents. To become a Pueblo foster care parent, one need only be financially stable and willing to help a child. The basic qualifications to becoming a foster parent candidate include:
If you meet these basic qualifications and have a strong desire to help children in tough situations by providing a safe and stable place to live, you have the makings of great foster parent. If you live in Pueblo County, would like to become a Pueblo foster care parent and share your home with a child in need, Kid’s Crossing can facilitate the path toward that end.
Kid’s Crossing is a private, non-profit, 501c3 Child Placement Agency licensed by the State of Colorado providing resources and training for foster parents. Our agency was founded by foster parents for foster parents, and we understand the care and dedication that goes into caring for a foster child. For more information on foster care and/or becoming a foster parent in Pueblo, call Kid’s Crossing at (719) 545-3882.
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.