Frequently Asked Questions

What is Foster-Adoption?

Children are placed with specially trained foster families who are committed to adopting the child if they are unable to reunify with their birth family

Why is Foster-Adoption important?  

Foster-Adoption is designed to prevent the harmful effects of multiple moves within the foster care system.  Every time a child moves to a new home, this break in attachment causes trauma and loss for a child.  Foster-adoption seeks to minimize unnecessary moves. It is our belief that every child has the right to a secure, loving permanent family at the earliest possible age.

What is short-term foster care and why is this needed?

Some people are drawn to filling the need for children who need short-term or emergency placements until a birth relative or longer term placement can be identified. These foster parents provide a safe, stable home for children, sometimes on short notice, to fill an interim placement need for a child without committing to be a potential adoptive placement for that child.

How does Foster-Adoption help children and birth families?

Foster adoptive parents commit to working with the system on reunifying a child with their birth family if possible.  Foster-adoptive families are required to have a high level of commitment and be approved to adopt the child if they are unable to reunify.  

What are the advantages for a foster family?

Foster families can become approved for foster care and adoption in a single process.  Foster families have the satisfaction of knowing that they are helping a child and filling a critical community need. Foster-adoptive families can begin parenting a child quickly and join a child’s life at the earliest possible age.

Do I have to commit to adoption?

No.  Because the individual children’s situations and needs vary, we offer a number of different licensing options to match children with foster families.  Some children are in foster care only a very short time, others may need an adoptive home.  Whether you want to be licensed for short term or long term care is a personal decision and we will work with you to figure out the best fit for your family.

Do children have visits with their birth parents?  What does this look like?

Most children in foster care will have weekly visits with their birth parents.  FamilyBuilders has skilled staff who can provide transportation and supervision for birth parent visits. However we encourage you to meet your foster child’s birth family whenever possible.

What is open adoption? 

If a child is unable to reunify with his/her parents, ongoing contact can help a child know that they are still loved. Sometimes contact consists of the exchange of letters and pictures, but often open adoption means birth family and adoptive parents visit together several times a year.

Does FamilyBuilders offer support after adoption?

Whether a child reunifies or is adopted, FamilyBuilders is available for ongoing support.  Foster families are encouraged to attend support groups, trainings or maintain ongoing contact with the agency for referrals and support as needed.

Is there a fee to participate?

FamilyBuilders believes that foster care is a critical community need and therefore seeks to make our program accessible to all families. We charge fees on a sliding scale basis and help families apply for Adoption Support as applicable. The home study fee for becoming licensed is $500. We charge fees in order to assure that our staff maintain low caseloads and are able to offer intensive advocacy and support for the children and families we serve.

What is respite care?

Licensed respite homes provide much-needed break time for other foster families or provide respite if a foster child cannot travel with his/her foster family. Respite providers play an important supportive role to foster parents who take in children for longer placement.

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