Frequently Asked Questions:
What is a foster parent or family?
A foster family can be as diverse as the children we serve. Many families have two parent households; some have single parents, or multi-generational homes. Some families have children already or they don’t have any children of their own. We have some foster families who have raised their own children and have decided to become parents again by providing a loving foster home to a child in need. We have found that children in foster care do best in a home that can provide a supportive, loving and structured environment and families can look many different ways!
Do I need to own a home to become a foster parent?
You don’t need to own your own home; however, you do need to have adequate space for a foster child.
How long will a foster child stay in my home?
This depends on the needs of the child. It is often the goal of children to be reunited with their biological family and many biological families are working toward this goal; however, often children stay in placement with their foster family because their home environment isn’t safe and this can be for a few months to a few years. In some cases, parental rights are terminated making those children legally free for adoption?
Is PPCH an adoption agency?
No, while many of our families have adopted children, PPCH is not an adoption agency and does not facilitate the adoptions. We do however, support our families as they go through the adoption process with the county that has jurisdiction. These families often stay licensed with PPCH during this process as well.
Where do the foster children come from?
As a licensed child placement agency, we work with all of the counties in Colorado. This ensures that we are receiving referrals from across the state and can place children in your home from many different counties. Typically, the majority of our foster children come from Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, Douglas, Larimer and Jefferson Counties.
Do foster children need their own bedrooms?
No, foster children can share a bedroom and we can discuss whether this is a good idea depending on the needs and age of the child.
How do you decide what child is placed in my home?
We look at a number of factors including, past parenting experience, room availability, child’s behavioral needs, other children in the home and overall what type of child would do best in your home.
Is there financial assistance available for foster parents?
Yes. You will be provided with a monthly stipend based on the needs of the child. These needs take into account behaviors, medical needs, transportation, and educational support needs.