The desire and open heart to support children and families are among the most important criteria for becoming a Foster or Adoptive Resource Parents. The ability to act as a positive role model, parent, mentor, and constant support to children while their families rebuild is the foundation of Resource Parenting.
Resource Parents are expected to demonstrate maturity and stability during the temporary placement of a child allowing the child to be protected and feel nurtured. They are able to meet developmental goals of each child and maintain family connections. This often requires the Resource Parent to work directly with birth parents towards a reunification plan.
The prospective Resource Parent must meet these minimum criteria:
Must be at least ten (10) years older than the child to be placed and if single, be at least 25 years of age
Must complete a 2 hour orientation in the local county office or via the internet
Must successfully complete pre-service IMPACT Family Centered Practice training
Must complete a medical exam, finger print checks, as well as undergo both child welfare and criminal records checks/screenings. If you or any other adult household members (over age 18) have not been a resident of Georgia for a minimum of 5 years, you must be screened in the Child Abuse and Neglect registry of each state of prior residence
Must provide proof of current residence and financial stability
Foster Caregiver Non-Discrimination Policy
The Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) shall ensure that no individual is excluded from participation, be denied the benefits, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under programs, services and activities for which DFCS has responsibility on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, or disability.
Under the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, DFCS must take appropriate steps to ensure that communications with applicants, participants, members of the public and companions with disabilities are as effective as communications with others. DFCS is required to make reasonable modifications in policies, practices, or procedures when the modifications are necessary to avoid discrimination on the basis of disability, unless the Division can demonstrate that making the modifications would result in a fundamental alteration in the nature of a service, program, or activity or undue financial and administrative burdens.
For more information about the Foster Caregiver Non-Discrimination Policy and statewide contacts, please click here.