Licensing Foster Care Families
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 Program strives to help families get licensed in order to obtain additional resources from the State as well as higher daily reimbursement rates to support the child.
Approximately 65% of A New Leaf's foster families are licensed kinship homes.
When the training and licensing processes are complete, A New Leaf’s staff closely facilitates transitioning the right child into the right home and provides ongoing monitoring and support to all foster and adoptive families.
Additional services include:
Ongoing 24/7 Support
Allowances for the foster child's specific needs
Medical, dental, and prescription coverage for the child/adolescent
Free initial and ongoing training
Foster Parent Requirements
Potential foster care parents and/or Respite Providers must meet the following requirements:
- 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 trainings, classes, Therapeutic Intervention & Medical classes
- Pass a home inspection and proof of income requirement
- Submit physician’s statements on physical & emotional ability to care for child/adolescent
- HCTC requires a Bachelor’s degree or higher, or at least 2 year of experience as a foster parent