Foster Programs Champaign IL
Foster Care Home Study
If becoming a foster parent is what you really want to do, getting started with the foster care home study is what you will want to begin with as soon as possible because the time it will take you to complete everything will be at least 2-3 months.
First be sure that you will qualify, here is a list of the documents you will need. I wouldn't advise you to complete these documents until you speak with a case worker, but at least know that you will be able to get these things when asked. Not all agencies will require the same things, these are however some common requirements.
When you are ready, contact your local Children's Services or private foster agency to express your interest in becoming a foster parent. They will make an appointment to meet with you. This will be the beginning of your home study.
The home study is like any other job interview, however, you will be asked some personal questions and it will take a couple of hours for the main caregiver of the household. Other caregivers 1 hr. and children 10-15 mins.
A brief outline of what to expect during the foster care home study interview:
Date of birth and where you were born?
Here you will be asked some questions about each of your children and their character/personality, interests, socialization etc.
How they feel about foster children coming to live in their home.
Education & Employment:
What level of education do you have?
Relationship with Partner:
How long have you and your spouse been married?
What is your parenting style?
How do family members communicate, adult-to-adult, adult-to-children?
How do you deal with or solve problems?
Is their someone home for the children when they come home from school?