The Virginia Beach Department of Human Services (VBDHS) is actively recruiting resource parents to partner with a professional team to protect and nurture children who cannot return to their parents. Resource parents provide a temporary, safe and nurturing home for children in crisis and assist in the development of permanency plans for the children. Single individuals as well as married couples can become resource parents. The greatest need is for resource parents for teenagers, sibling groups and youth in therapeutic placement.
Individuals and couples interested in becoming resource parents are invited to attend one of two information sessions hosted by Human Services:
|Fri., May 2, 2014
||10 a.m. to noon|
Both sessions will be held at the Human Services Building at 3432 Virginia Beach Blvd. For more information or to register, please contact Emily Lowe 385-3292 or ELowe@vbgov.com. Due to the sensitive nature of the class material it is requested that no one under the age of 18 attend.
Prospective resource parents will complete a Mutual Family Assessment which will include several meetings with them and other family members to determine if the following basic requirements and suitability to foster are met:
Must be physically and emotionally capable of caring for a child; have no substance abuse problems; can pass a criminal history check; and meet driver safety requirements.
Be able to provide for their own family.
Be able to work with birth family toward reunification, or be open to adoption when reunification is not an option.
The home must provide enough space to accommodate a foster child/children, and meet basic fire and safety standards.
Resource parents will participate in a nine- week pre-service training class designed to help them develop greater understanding of the trauma these children have suffered and new skills for relating to the children. Classes will be held on Wednesdays from May 7 through July 2, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., and pre-registration is required. Resource parents will receive financial reimbursement for the foster children in their care and ongoing support from professional staff.
Although foster care services make every effort to keep children with their actual families, it is not always possible. Children who need resource families have been removed from their birth family homes for reasons of neglect, abuse, abandonment, or other issues endangering their health and/or safety. Many of these children are filled with fear, anger, confusion, or a sense of powerlessness at having been removed from the only home they have ever known. Currently there are over 200 children in foster care in Virginia Beach.
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