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When you become a foster parent…

You become part of the foster care process by giving a temporary home to a child until a permanency plan is reached i.e. adoption or returning home.  As the parent during this time, you have a very important role to work with Biological parents.  Like all parents, you will be facing the day-to-day challenges regarding the various needs of the child but we are here to help.   

We understand that being a foster parent can be difficult at times like all parenting.  Therefore we offer lots of support to all parents.  These supports include clinical case managers, 24/7 crisis line and a support group that meets every month. 

These supports are put in place to ensure that you as well as the child are comfortable and safe in all situations.

Many Forms of Support:

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Foster parent support group

Case managers:  Each child that comes into your foster care is assigned a case manager with the licensed child placing agency.  This ensures that the child’s needs are being met and assist the parent(s). 

The case manager will have face-to-face contact anywhere from 2 to 3 times a month depending on the level of the child.  During this time your case manager may also have weekly contact with the parent via email or phone.   

24/7 Crisis Line:

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24-7 Support

There is always a crisis line that helps the parent (s) and child in case of an emergency.  This line is open 24/7.  We know that events occur at any time of the day and we are ready to assist you.

Support Group / Training Once a Month:

Each Licensed Child Placing Agency will be different, but most provide once a month training and support groups.  During this time, the parent(s) can share their experiences while providing encouragement or relating to other foster families in the group.

Remember all these supports are only here for you and your child.  Without you, the system stops, Just ask and they will help you.

All agencies want to answer all your questions, please don’t be afraid to ask we are all here for you.

FosterVA is here to help you find a child in need of your love.  Just call and we will be happy to help.

Have You Seen Instant Family?

If the answer was no…  go check it out!

Instant Family is a film written and directed by Sean Anders.  He wanted to make a movie about his foster to adopt experience.  Based primarily on his family’s own adventure in the world of foster care and adoption.  Sean consulted with many other foster families to write a movie that helped cover virtually all the bases!  Not only is this movie a joy to watch, but it will also give you an idea of what it looks like to become a foster parent and that you don’t have to be perfect in order to help a child in need.

Check out Fandango or netflix.com

Watch the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at Sean’s inspiration to make Instant Family:

 

 

 

If the answer was YES,  check this out!

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instant family great movie for future foster parents

This movie is an inspiration.  Fosterva is ready to talk to you about your reaction to Instant Family and how you can help the over 5,000 children in Virginia that need our help.  The first thing to decide is how you and your family can help in the world of foster care and adoption.

  1. Become a Foster Parent
  2. Become a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
  3. Volunteer with a Group Supporting Foster Youth
  4. Help a Foster Family You Know
  5. Donate

Instant family movie review

IMDB movie review https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7401588/

Married couple Pete and Ellie Wagner, feeling a void in the marriage. They visit a foster care center where two social workers, Karen and Sharon, guide the hopeful parents.

The couples are brought to a fair where they have the chance to go up to kids that they are interested in adopting. Pete and Ellie walk by the teenagers. Although Ellie shows hesitance over raising a teen, one of the teens, Lizzie, informs Ellie that they all know no one wants to adopt the teens. Pete and Ellie talk to Karen and Sharon over potentially taking in Lizzie.

The social workers inform the couple that Lizzie's mother is a drug addict who is currently in jail. She set their home on fire because she left the crack pipe lit. It also turns out that Lizzie has two younger siblings, Juan and Lita. Although this seems like more of a challenge for Pete and Ellie, they agree to meet the siblings. Pete and Ellie have Thanksgiving dinner with Ellie's family, where they all make comments about never having confidence in the Wagners adopting kids. Ellie has enough and decides that they will go through with the foster care to prove that they can be good parents.

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