Traditionally foster care is thought of as caring for an individual young child. The needs are more diverse. Foster care is needed for essentially every age group and family situation. When choosing to become a foster care provider, analyze your lifestyle and daily schedule to determine which type of care is a best fit for you.
There is an on-going need for foster parents to open their homes to the teenagers from Scott County who are unable to live in their parental home for a variety of reasons or there is a need for respite from the parental home. Parenting a teenager can be challenging, but very rewarding to know you made a difference in someone’s life at a crucial time. Supervision before and after school is essential for teenagers. You may express a preference to work with boys or girls.
Single Teen Mothers & Infants
Foster homes for teen mothers and their infants are needed as well. Providing a secure, stable environment and sharing your nurturing, mature parenting skills is a tremendous gift you can provide.
Full Family Foster Care
Full family foster care can be a supportive living and learning option, allowing for parents and children to be in a safe environment while the parent is working on learning better parenting skills under the mentoring of a foster care provider. One possible example of full family foster care could be a young mom with a new baby. Or it could be a parent who needs to develop parenting skills to be able to take care of two or three children.
Separating brothers and sisters is often traumatic. Please consider opening your heart and home to a sibling group of 2, 3 or more children. These children need an adult at home full time, or with a very flexible work schedule.