Frequently Asked Placement Questions

Will I get to choose the children placed in my home?
DHS does its best to place children with a resource family who can best meet the behaviors and needs of the child. Some resource parents prefer to work with teens, while others do better with young children. Resource parents are able to specify the age, gender and number of children placed in the home. However, they are not allowed to request a particular child be placed in their home unless the home has been determined, by definition, to be a kinship resource.
How long will a child remain in my home?
The length of time a child remains in a resource home varies according to the plans for reunification and how quickly reunification with the child’s family might occur. Children may remain in out-of-home care for a few days, a few months or longer. If the child cannot be reunited with their family, a permanent placement for the child will be sought. Permanent placements could include placement in the current resource home, a kinship placement, a placement with siblings, or an Indian Child Welfare compliant placement. Permanent placements are accomplished through legal guardianship or adoption while continuing to maintain the child’s connection to kin, culture and community.
Will I have to work with the child’s parent?
As a Bridge resource home, you will be expected to serve as a mentor actively helping the child’s parents to improve their ability to safely care for their children. The DHS Bridge Resource Parent Program is comprised of a team of persons working together to do what is in the best interest of children. Resource parents are critical members of that team. The goal for a child placed in DHS custody is to achieve safety and permanency as soon as possible, which includes working with the child’s parents towards reunification.
Can we adopt a child who is placed in our home?
Many families are interested in both fostering and adopting. They agree with DHS that the needs of the child come first. In most cases, this means they help prepare children for reunification with their family or toward a relative or kinship placement. When termination of parental rights is in the child’s best interest and adoption is the child’s plan, then resource parents who have cared for the child will be given the opportunity to apply for adoption.
If  I accept a child from another culture or belief system, how could I best deal with the child’s needs?
The children who are placed in a resource home will be from different types of situations, communities, families and cultures. What specific things could be done to welcome a child from a different culture? Remember that for all of these children – regardless of community or culture – life with a different family will not be what they are used to. Here are suggestions that will hopefully help a child feel comfortable in a resource home:
  • Find out as much as possible about the child’s heritage, culture and language
  • Identify and prepare one of the child’s favorite foods
  • Have books, toys and/or magazines in the resource home that reflect the child’s culture
  • Find out if the child attends a particular religious service and be prepared to take the child to the services or to other culturally related activities
  • Be prepared to take proper physical care of the child (for example, have hair care products in the home that are appropriate for an African-American child)

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