Foster Care Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

YOU CAN…Foster parents can be couples or single adults over age 18, who have the ability to support themselves financially. You may live in either a house or an apartment. If you have a strong desire to make a positive difference in a child’s and family’s life and are willing to open your home and provide a nurturing, loving and supportive environment, YOU can be a foster parent.
Adams County Human Services covers the cost for families to become certified. Once certified, we request you remain with Adams County for six months.  If you decide to move your home study before that time, you will be charged for the cost of the home study. Please speak with the foster parent recruiter for the current cost.
The estimated time to become certified with our program will take approximately 3 months from the time you complete a pre-application meeting until your certification caseworker completes your home study.  Please note times can vary.
Becoming a foster parent is a simple procedure, but takes time and determination to complete. All requirements for becoming a Foster Parent are intended to provide safety and security for both child and foster family. The first step in the process is to attend an Adams County Foster Parent Information Session. (link)
  • A monthly reimbursement for food, shelter, clothing, and recreation for each child
  • Medical and dental coverage for each foster child through the Medicaid program
  • On-going training to enhance their knowledge and skills so they can provide the best possible care to meet the unique needs of foster children
  • Support and supervision from agency workers
  • The satisfaction of knowing they made a lifelong impact to the children and families of Adams County
It depends on the particular child and his/her parents’ situation. Every effort is made to reunify our children with their families as soon as possible. Each family is different, but an average time a child would be with you is between 6 and 18 months. 
Yes. In order to maintain the parental bond between parent and child where reunification is the goal, a visitation plan is required. As a member of the team, you will be expected to assist in helping support reunification. The child’s case worker will discuss with you the specific plan at the time of placement.
Yes. However, you must make arrangements with the case worker regarding any out-of-state travel and in most cases, the court must approve.
No, foster children are required to attend public school. 
Typically, a child in your care will be transferred to attend school in your district.  If there are special circumstances, you will be informed at the time a placement is needed and can decline placement if you are unable to accommodate the educational needs.
Foster children can see any physician that accepts Medicaid.
Yes. We understand that foster parents need a social life of their own. Rules regarding babysitting will be shared with you in your pre-placement training.
No. Families and their foster children obviously enjoy having pets. We would only be concerned if there were issues of safety, cleanliness, or health factors, i.e. a child’s allergies.
Yes. Law prohibits foster parents from using any form of physical punishment. Positive discipline, combined with warmth and caring, should be used in educating the child to conform to the standards of your family and our society. You will be provided with many training opportunities in order to understand the most appropriate methods of discipline.
Yes. Foster parents have the right to accept or decline a child offered for placement.
Yes, to the extent that information is available and pertinent to the care of the child. You have a right to ask any questions you feel necessary.
Yes, Foster children are allowed to earn their driving permits and license. However, it is required to have approval from the child's caseworker and supervisor.
In many cases, yes, however, it does depend on the needs of the children who will be sharing a room.
No, the foster care payment is considered reimbursement of the expenses, not income. You should contact a tax consultant if you have any questions.
It is important to keep in mind the goal of foster care is to provide temporary care for a child in a family setting until the foster child and parents can be reunited. If this goal cannot be achieved another permanent plan for the child is developed. If the child becomes available for adoption, foster parents can apply and they will be given special consideration.