Fostering foster parents
visalia – It is a sad reality that foster parents are desperately needed in the Central Valley. Those who are interested in helping children in need of foster parents may soon receive help from the Tulare County Resource Family Approval which will be offering orientations twice per month for prospective resource families.
The Tulare County Resource Family Approval, which was previously known as Foster Care Licensing, will hold the orientations from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays at the Professional Development Center located at 4031 W. Noble Ave.
The entrance of the location can be found at the bottom of the two-story building next to Employment Connection. The orientations will be held on the second floor. Don’t be discouraged if you try to open the door before 6 p.m. and it doesn’t budge because the door will be locked at 6 p.m.
In addition to scheduled orientations, Tulare County Resource Family Approval staff members will offer personal orientations in order to be more accessible to prospective Resource parents, and to help give more help to people who wish to be Resource parents.
If you’re unfamiliar with foster parenting, Resource families provide shelter to children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect or abandonment, or because their parents are ill or incarcerated. The shelter may be emergency, short-term care or longer term. Resource families are desperately needed because there are nearly 1,000 children in Tulare County’s program, and there are not enough homes.
Homes are needed in every community of Tulare County, so that children can remain in their own school and not have to move to a new location. Of particular need are adults willing to take in siblings or teenagers, and people willing to respond to emergency placement needs for children of all ages.
People who are interested in helping will need to attend one orientation meeting, and meet requirements of being at least 18 years old, being financially able to support their own family, having no criminal record and a clear health screening and being certified in CPR and first aid.
If you are interested in scheduling a personal orientation, or for other information, call 559-623-0581.