Prospective Foster Parent/s

It is usually best to leave children with their biological parents. However, when children do have to be removed from their homes, there is a serious lack of facilities in which they can be placed, and foster care is considered to be the preferred form of substitute care for children who cannot remain with their biological families and who are not available for adoption, so we have added a new service - that of recruiting and training foster parents.
  1. Criteria/Requirements
    • Be 21 years or older
    • Have a stable and dependable monthly income or means of support
    • Have suitable accommodation
    • Be physically healthy and mentally stable - be willing to provide documentation from a medical professional
    • Have no criminal record - (sex offenders affidavit/FORM 30)
    • Be able to provide character and medical reference
    • Be resident in Johannesburg or Randburg Magisterial Districts (for our project)
    • May be married, divorced, widowed, single or in a significant long-term partnership
    • You and your partner need to attend compulsory training.
  2. Process
    1. Screening
      • Foster care application form
      • “Willing to foster” scale.
    2. Training
      • Definition of concepts
      • Reasons why children come into care (Children’s Act , types of abuse)
      • Roles and Responsibilities (foster parents,  social workers)
      • Children’s Court (processes, attendance)
      • Court orders.
    3. Assessment
      • Series of personal interviews in your home
      • Thorough criminal background check on every member living in the home
      • Complete reference checks
      • Evaluate your home to ensure that it meets with the requirements needed to care for children in foster care (such as having a pool net, if applicable)
      • Gather information about your parenting skills and abilities
      • Discuss your motivation in becoming a foster parent
      • Assess how fostering may impact you and your family members
      • The interviewing process also gives you and your family a chance to ask any questions or raise any concerns you may have
      • This process is the same even for those that want to offer temporary safe care and kinship care (related).
  3. Time frames
    • Maximum 8 weeks, although the process may vary from person to person.