Why are children placed in foster care?

Children can be placed in foster care for a wide range of reasons. Most enter care due to experiencing neglect, according to the Indiana Department of Child Services. Many have experienced abuse. All have experienced the trauma of removal. They are placed in foster care while their parent(s)/guardian(s) are given the opportunity, resources, and time to be better prepared to provide safety upon their return.

What does it take to become a foster parent?

First and foremost, it takes a heart that is willing to meet a child where they are and invest in them for however long they are in your home. Beyond that, it requires training, licensure, and commitment. Our teams can walk you through the specific requirements and how they may apply to individual circumstances.

Will I interact with birth families?

Fostering, at its best, is a ministry to the child and their family. Many opportunities exist to demonstrate love and compassion to families. Every circumstance is unique and the amount of interaction can vary significantly. Whenever appropriate, we encourage foster families to interact with birth families an share updates about the care of their children.

What if I struggle with a child in my home?

Parenting is not easy. Foster parenting is also not easy. Through times of triumph and struggle, foster parents need quality, professional support. Through industry leading training and 24/7 access to support you will not walk this journey alone.

Will I receive financial support when working with a foster child?

Yes. Foster parents receive a daily stipend for each child in care with your family. A child will also come with their own state medical insurance which will cover medical, dental and pharmaceutical needs.

How long does the process take to get approved as a foster parent?

Our staff take pride in being flexible and working closely with a family to become approved. The average amount of time it takes for a family to become fully approved is about 3-4 months. We value efficiency and prioritize quality. Josiah White’s Foster Care goes the extra mile to invest in your family by providing evidence based training in the Teaching Family Model. We do this to best ensure the quality experience of the foster family and the child they will serve.

Do foster children have to have their own bedrooms?

No. Foster children must have individual beds. There are guidelines for room sharing and our team can walk you through how those apply to your home

Is it possible to adopt a foster child placed in my home?

It is important to note that most children come into care with the plan to reunify with their family. This plan must be supported by everyone involved with that child. Many children will be able to return to their family. Unfortunately, some will not be able to be returned and can be adopted by their foster parents or transitioned into an adoptive home.

What kind of kids are in greatest need?

In the State of Indiana, foster homes are needed for all ages of children and teens and for a wide array of specific needs. The greatest need is usually for homes that are willing to care for teens and sibling groups.

How do I get started?

Complete the online form and one of our staff will be in touch with you shortly so we can answer all of your questions and get you scheduled for an Orientation session.