Interested in Fostering or Adopting? Resource Parent Training Provides Dual Certification

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Virginia Beach Human Services Department has an ongoing need for resource parents to partner with a professional team to protect and nurture children in foster care. Individuals or couples who are over age 21 and who can provide children structure and consistency, along with love and understanding, will be considered as potential resource parents. 

To learn more, attend one of two information sessions at the Human Services Department, 3432 Virginia Beach Blvd., Rooms 123 and 124:
 
  • Wednesday, Jan. 14, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m. to noon 

 

Resource parents will participate in a nine-week pre-service training class every Wednesday night from Jan. 21 to March 18, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Participants will develop greater understanding of the trauma foster children have suffered, learn new skills on relating to the children, and earn dual certification to foster or adopt upon successful completion

 

Pre-registration is required. Contact Misty Lee at (757) 385-3214 or MLee@vbgov.com for more information or to register.

 

Foster care is a temporary living arrangement providing care and parenting for children who can no longer live in their homes because of abuse, neglect or other severe family problems. The goal of foster care is to strengthen families. Children may need foster families for a few days, months or years. During this time, social workers and resource parents help families resolve problems so their children can return home without further abuse or neglect. When children cannot safely be returned to their biological parents or extended family, adoption may be considered.

 

When possible, Virginia Beach seeks to place a child within his or her community and limit the number of placements a child experiences. The Human Services Department has more than 200 children in care and needs foster families for African American children, Hispanic children and children of other cultural backgrounds. There is a particular need for families for teenagers, sibling groups and children with emotional and behavioral needs. Resource parents receive financial reimbursement for the foster children in their care and ongoing support from professional staff.

 

The mission of the Child Welfare Division of the Virginia Beach Human Services is to protect children from abuse and neglect, promote their well-being in stable living situations and provide permanent family connections. Through the provision of family-centered, community based services, we engage families to strengthen their self-sufficiency and capacity to protect, nurture and care for their children.

 

To learn more about becoming a foster parent, visit http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/human-services/your-dhs/Pages/foster-care-parents.aspx.

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