What are the requirments of
FaithBridge foster and respite families?
What are the roles and responsibilities of
FaithBridge foster and respite families?
What is the approval process to
become a FaithBridge foster or respite family?
When is foster and respite
initial and ongoing home approval given?
REQUIREMENTS OF FOSTER AND RESPITE
At FaithBridge, we are looking for the special family who's
responding to God's call to get involved in the lives of hurting
children. There are various requirements that foster and respite
families must meet in order to qualify for this very difficult
- Be willing to work to meet the needs of and
advocate for each child, as well as working towards a permanency
- Be in good mental and physical health.
- Be 21 years or older if married; be 25 years
or older if single. If you intend to foster teens, you must be at
least 10 years older than the foster child.
- Have adequate income to meet the needs of your
family without the foster care reimbursement.
- No more than four children under the age of
17, including biological children, may be placed in your home
(Note: Exceptions may be made to meet the needs of a
- No more than three children under three years
of age, including biological children, may be placed in your
- Be able to provide appropriate care and
supervision for all children in your home.
- Be active members of a local Christian church
and demonstrate a commitment to Jesus Christ in daily life and in
- Be willing to be part of a FaithBridge
Community of CareSM and ask for and accept support as
you do the difficult job of parenting foster children. Also, be
willing to support and nurture other families within your
- Sign and abide by the FaithBridge position on
- Maintain your home in a condition to ensure
the health and safety of children.
- Provide adequate sleeping arrangements,
including a bed for each child and space to store clothing and
personal possessions. Only bedrooms shall be used as sleeping space
- No child shall sleep in the same bed as an
adult. No child over one year of age may sleep in a room with an
adult. Foster children over the age of three, of different sexes,
may not share a room.
- A maximum of two children may sleep in a
double or larger bed if they are siblings, are of the same sex
(with no known sexually predatory behaviors) and are under the age
- Each non-related child must have a separate
- Keep hazardous items (cleaning supplies,
medications, firearms, knives, alcohol, etc.) in a place
inaccessible to children.
- Have functional smoke alarms on each level of
the home, as well as at least one fire extinguisher.
- Inoculate pets against rabies, as required by
- Abide by all other home health and safety
Life and Home Changes
- Should any of the following life changing
events or changes within your home occur while in process or as an
approved foster or respite family, please contact your FaithBridge
family consultant immediately. It is important to communicate
openly about your family, home and ability to foster or provide
- Changes in employment and/or income
- Any other change, no matter how small. Even
minor changes should be reported - getting a trampoline, pool, hot
tub, new pet, your child getting a driver's permit, etc
- Death or birth in immediate family
- Any other change which impacts your ability to
meet the minimum standards and/or parent foster children
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF FOSTER AND RESPITE
Understanding the role you play in your foster
children's lives is an important undertaking for each FaithBridge
family. Children referred to FaithBridge need a stable and
supportive family and home. FaithBridge foster and respite families
serve two main roles: parents and caregivers, in partnership with
their FaithBridge Community of CareSM, FaithBridge
family consultant and other professionals.
Foster families are
responsible for the temporary care for the children 24/7 while they
are in foster care. Foster families provide emotional, physical and
spiritual needs of the children.
Respite families care for
children overnight away from the foster family home, most often on
weekends, and require the same training and approval
process as becoming a foster family. Respite families
are requested to commit to providing a total of 4 overnight stays a
month as needed with advanced notice for two assigned foster
families (1 weekend a month for each family).
Foster and respite families have unique roles
Foster Family and Respite Family
- Be willing to participate in appointments and
meetings involving the children.*
- Participate in the permanency planning for the
children to determine and support an adoptive family for each
- Be involved in the discharge planning for
foster children in care.*
- Support and develop an ongoing relationship
with the children's birth parents to bring about an ultimate
reunion, and be available and involved with birth parent
visitations as appropriate under the guidance and supervision of
the family consultant.*
- Provide the love, care and acceptance that
each child needs and deserves.
- Give children a normal family life and a
feeling of belonging, as well as ongoing supervision, nurture,
training and discipline, good daily care and the meeting of health
- Provide an introduction to a relationship with
Jesus Christ and the learning of basic Christian principles.
- Protect the children from physical, mental,
emotional and spiritual harm.
- Help the children feel a part of the church,
school, neighborhood and community.
- Complete and maintain active certification for
CPR and first aid.
- Complete 15 hours of ongoing training annually
including behavior management, discipline and trauma training.
Training for new foster parents must begin with 60 days of approval
and be dispersed throughout the year. Additional training should be
relevant to the type of children placed or to be placed in your
- Advanced Foster Parent Training - FaithBridge
offers 36 hours of training a year (3 hours monthly
- Classroom Training - Live trainings with an
instructor (live webinars count
- Online Training - Web-based, self-driven (5
hour maximum per year accepted
- CPR/1st Aid - Required to be current (3
hour training, 2 year expiration
- Bullying - A 2013 training mandate for all
FaithBridge foster families, provided in-home by FaithBridge
- In-Home Training - Families may receive up to
3 hours of professional in-home training, annually, specific to a
child(ren) in the foster home
- Implement appropriate discipline and behavior
management with children in your home in accordance with the
FaithBridge discipline policy.
- Be responsible for and observant of the
children's emotional, physical, educational and spiritual
- Be willing to work with the FaithBridge staff
and to consistently share and document information about the
- Be prompt in submitting needed forms
(invoices, medical documentation, behavioral charts, etc.).
- Be able to provide for the children's
- Follow the FaithBridge guidelines for expenses
and monetary reimbursements.
- Be responsible for informing your FaithBridge
family consultant of any changes in your life, family or home
circumstances, contact information, etc.
*Participation in certain responsibilities
for respite families may vary. Respite families are asked to
partner with two or more foster families in providing support as
appropriate for the children's best interest.
APPROVAL PROCESS TO BECOME A FOSTER OR
The process for becoming a foster or respite
family is lengthy and sometimes daunting. FaithBridge has a home
study team that will work closely with you and see you through to
approval. The FaithBridge home study consists of the
activities listed here.
- Complete Encounter FaithBridge, our
introduction to Christian foster care ministry, as well as
FaithBridge Foundations, our pre-service training.
- Complete Application for Foster/Respite
- Provide four references (church leader,
employer or coworker, extended family member and friend or
- Complete extensive background checks for
everyone in the household over 18 years of age.
- Complete physicals and/or letters of good
health on each family member residing in the home.
- Complete a minimum of three home visits from
FaithBridge staff, including individual and family interviews and
complete home health and safety inspections.
- Provide copies of personal documents,
including birth certificates, marriage certificates, driver's
licenses, car insurance and any other requested documents as listed
- Sign required FaithBridge policies and
- Provide financial statements.
FOSTER AND RESPITE HOME
Foster and respite home approval is given to
FaithBridge families after all of the above information is
gathered, home visits and interviews have been conducted and it has
been established that you meet the qualifications to be a
FaithBridge foster and respite family. Upon approval, FaithBridge
will send you a letter indicating your approval, training
requirements and the timeframe of your approval.
Re-evaluation and Ongoing
The quality and compliance of your family and
home are very important, as FaithBridge wants to provide the
highest level of care possible to foster children. For this reason,
we will continually evaluate the stability and quality of your home
and conduct a formal re-evaluation, resulting in a re-approval