What is a resource parent for a child with a developmental disability?
He/she is a person who provides parenting to a child with a developmental disability who cannot live with his/her family.
Is there a demand for resource parents?
The demand for resource parents for children with developmental disabilities is far greater than the number of available resource parents. The need encompasses all ages of children with the greatest need being for older children.
Are there supports and training available?
A resource parent for a child with a developmental disability receives training and ongoing technical assistance to provide the best care and support possible.Additionally, you would also respite from your caregiving.
What are some of the requirements?
General licensing requirements are that an applicant must:
Be 21 or older.
Be fingerprinted for a criminal background check (for all individuals over 18 in the household).
Clear a Child and Adult Protective Services check (for all individuals over 18 in the household).
Submit a physician's statement certifying his/her physical and emotional health.
Take pre-licensing training through the Division of Developmental Disabilities.
Have First Aid and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation certification.
Have the home inspected for safety and sanitation.
Pass a home fire inspection.
Have an income that now provides for the family.
Have employment hours that are compatible with the child's school schedule or supervision needs.
Have adequate transportation, driver's license and vehicle insurance.
Have pools and spas appropriately fenced.
Have fire extinguishers and smoke detectors in the home.
Lock guns and ammunition separately.
Have adequate bedrooms and space in the home.
Be willing to support the child's case plan including contact with the Court and the Foster Care Review Board.
Participate as a team member with various professionals: support coordinators, teachers, therapists, nurses, counselors, etc. to set goals for the child and implement activities to assist the child in developing his/her abilities.
What will I be paid for my care and support?
Foster parents are paid a flat fee for room and board and a fee for care that is based on the supervision and special needs of the child.
How do I become a resource parent?
Contact your local office. Staff can provide you with a list of contractors who provide Child Developmental Homes. You choose which contractor you would like to work with and the contractor will license your home and provide you with training.