Things to Consider
• What are your beliefs and attitudes about the Teller County Department of Himan Services?
• What are your beliefs and attitudes about Foster Care?
• What are your reasons/motivation for becoming a foster or foster/adopt parent?
• Are you ready emotionally and is your home ready?
• What impact might fostering have on your own family? What if you end up adopting a child?
• How stable is your family?
• How is the physical health of your family members and yourself?
• What age and behaviors of children vs. your own children would be the best match?
• Have you talked to your own children and/or family about fostering?
• Is it realistic for you to become a foster parent?
How is fostering similar to parenting your own children?
• They need daily care and supervision
• they need their basic physical and emotional needs met
• You’ll work with schools, medical personnel, and other professionals to meet their needs
• You'll help guide the child’s development in all areas: physical, emotional, social, spiritual, etc
• Provide structure, rules, and discipline
• Teach values and self-direction
• Model appropriate family relationships
How is fostering different from parenting your own children?
• Must be able to recognize that a child in care may have a variety of developmental levels which may or may not match his/her chronological age
• Only having a limited time to work with a child and his family
• Understanding and accepting agency/department involvement and responsibilities
• Comply with certification standards
• Must keep records
• Must work with biological children to support reunification (if appropriate)
• Will be able to make only limited decisions
• Must respect confidentiality
• Must report changes in family household to the department
• Must be able to offer flexibility and work with the objectives of the case plan (visitation, therapy, etc.)
How is fostering similar to a job?
• Have specific duties and responsibilities
• Held accountable
• You work closely with professionals in a child's life
• You keep records
• Maintain confidentiality
How is fostering different from a job?
• It involves the entire family
• Requires a warm environment, involving love and commitment
• On duty 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
• Fostering is not a source of income or a form of employment
Basic expectations of a foster parent:
• Support reunification when it is in the best interest of the child
• Healthy communication with a child's treatment team
• To ask for support when needed
Teller County DSS Foster Care Program
P.O. Box 7245 / 800 Research Dr., Suite 100
Tamarac Business Center
Woodland Park, CO 80863-7245
Foster Care/Adoption Coordinator