TYPES OF FOSTER CARE
BECOME A FOSTER PARENT
Foster children face unique challenges that often have dramatic effects on their lives. Without a stable, healthy home, these children face lifelong struggles in school, relationships and the workplace. There are thousands of youth in the foster care system with an urgent need for loving homes to open their hearts. By ensuring that foster parents have the licensing, confidence, and resources they need to care for a child from the foster system, A New Leaf is creating happy homes for countless children in Arizona.
children are in foster care in the state of Arizona
13,400children are in foster care in the state of Arizona
Traditional Foster Care
A New Leaf’s Foster Care programs focus on recruiting and training adults interested in becoming licensed foster parents. A New Leaf works with families and individuals to provide guidance and support throughout the foster care journey.
A kinship foster caregiver is an adult or relative who cares for and shelters a foster child who has direct involvement with the Department of Child Safety (DCS). The Kinship Licensing Programs helps families get licensed to obtain additional support and resources.
Therapeutic Foster Care
Transitional Foster Care
This program supports unaccompanied minors from Central or South America and helps them maximize their opportunities and potential as they transition into their lives in the U.S. Children are placed in foster homes for approximately 4-6 months, though in some cases this timeframe can vary depending on circumstances.
Advocacy for children placed
On call staff offering 24/7 support
State compliance guidance
Free initial and ongoing training
- 21 years of age
- Level 1 fingerprint card (can be completed at time of licensing)
- Must pass criminal background checks and provide references
- Attend all required training, classes, therapeutic intervention, and medical classes
- Pass a home inspection and proof of income requirement
- Submit a physician’s statements on physical and emotional ability to care for a child/adolescent
- Bachelor’s degree or higher, or at least 2 years experience as a foster parent
- Foster parents must also become certified for CPR and First Aid which is provided through A New Leaf.
- Therapeutic Foster Parents must complete an additional 48 hours of training in order to care for children with a higher level of behavioral need.
Foster Parents must complete the state required training through Foster Parent College. This training helps provide foster families with the tools they need in order to best care for children who have experienced trauma.
- 5 week course that takes place once a week
- Hybrid class that requires both in-person and online participation
- Opportunities for an alternate training schedule can be approved when necessary
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