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.
Caregivers are expected to demonstrate maturity and stability during the temporary placement of a child while allowing the child to be protected and feel nurtured. They are able to assist each child with meeting his/her developmental goals and maintain family connections. This often requires caregivers to work directly with birth parents towards a reunification plan.
The prospective Resource Parent must meet these minimum criteria:
Must be at least 21 years of age
Must complete a 2 hour Information Session in the local county office or via the internet
Must successfully complete pre-service IMPACT Family Centered Practice training
Must complete a medical exam, 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