Is Foster Care Right for You?

 
 
 

At its most basic, foster care is a chance to make the world a better place one child at a time. Foster parenting is one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences you will have in your life.

We all bring something special to the table and at KIFS we believe all types of people make good foster parents. Our organization exists to bring out the best in our families by supporting families every step of the way.

There are several types of foster care including: traditional care, emergency/shelter care, medically complex care, therapeutic care, relative/kinship care, respite/short-term care and tribal care.  

At KIFS we work with children in need of medically complex care, therapeutic care, respite care, and foster to adoption.

Foster parenting means partnering with social workers, schools, and community resources to meet a child’s needs. Foster parents must be able to meet the physical, emotional and developmental needs of a child.

The first step to becoming a foster parent is meeting the following set of requirements. Please note that submitting an application is only a first step of inquiry and does not commit you.

  • Be 21 years of age

  • Complete the necessary FBI fingerprint and criminal background checks

  • Provide proof of sufficient income to support the applicant and his/her family (there is no minimum income requirement)

  • Be in good enough health to meet the physical demands of parenting

  • Have adequate living space, bedrooms, and bed space for a child in foster care

  • Provide proof of drivers license and insurance

  • Complete 36 hours of pre-service training, provided by KIFS staff

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You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

– Christopher Robin

Not ready to become a foster parent?

→ Learn more about becoming a Respite Foster Care parent which involves shorter periods of care.

→ We are always looking for volunteers to help us in a variety of ways to get out the word about KIFS.

→ Babysit for our foster families! Our foster families are always in need of caring and friendly babysitters.

 

What is Foster Care?

 

As of August 5, 2018 the state of Kentucky has 9,608 children living in out-of-home care (foster care). The number of children in need keep growing, but there aren’t enough homes to place children. These numbers indicate a crisis in our state, in our communities - and everyone’s help is needed. Many people are hesitant to become foster parents.

Some people are hesitant because they’re afraid to get attached to children and then have to let them go. This is difficult—to love and care for a child and to let them go. But, that is exactly the role of a foster parent—to provide the best love and care for a child for a limited period of time and then to let them go.

Foster care is designed to help struggling families get assistance and make changes to improve their lives—it’s not punishment for bad parenting. If it were punishment for bad parenting, most parents at one time or another would have their children in foster care.

Many people are hesitant to foster because they “don’t know what they’re going to get.” Also true, that children coming into foster care have had at least one, usually three or more adverse childhood experiences and they could have some resulting behavior and medical challenges.

At KIFS the case manager walks with the foster parents every step of the way; we are always available by phone for questions and concerns. Foster parents are provided training and supportive services to handle a variety of situations. But overall, raising children is hard work, whether or not they’ve had traumatic experiences. And yet, raising children is the MOST IMPORTANT WORK any of us can do.