COMMUNITY ACCESS NETWORK is a grass-root community organization which believes that when provided with adequate support and the needed resources, families can identify and build on their strengths and be empowered to resolve their problems. When empowered, families will be able to move toward the realization of their optimum level of social, emotional, physical, and educational development. When it is necessary for a child to be removed from their biological home, COMMUNITY ACCESS NETWORK FFA strives to provide safe, warm and inclusive family environment for every placed child and have access to all needed resources in order to deal effectively with the child’s various bio-psycho social stressors.
- Ensure that each child placed with the agency is safe, protected, and treated with dignity.
- Recruit, train, certify and support qualified foster parents.
- Work diligently to reunify children with their biological families.
- Respect the child’s ethic, cultural and spiritual background/needs.
- Identify and allocate community resources to maximize benefits to the placed child.
What is Foster Care?
Foster care is designed to provide temporary placement for children who can no longer stay at their homes due to abuse/neglect or other factors that may compromise the safety and well-being of children.
When parents are no longer able to adequately protect and care for their children, the children are removed from their homes and placed in foster homes that are capable of meeting their emotional, physical, educational and spiritual needs in a safe and nurturing environment.
Who are Foster Children?
Foster children are those who were removed from their own homes due to parental abuse or neglect. Foster children are normal children capable of achieving at a high level. All they need is love and genuine care from a family that is willing to help them thrive. They range from ages 0-17 years old, from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
At Community Access Network FFA we believe that every child deserves the chance to belong to a family and to have his/her needs met in a nurturing and safe environment.
Requirements to be a Foster Parent
- A foster parent must have the ability to nurture, love and open his/her heart to a child.
- You must maintain a safe and adequate living environment for children.
- You must pass a criminal background check.
- Foster Parents must attend orientation and pre-certification training and complete an application package.
- Health screening and T.B. Test are required.
- You must have CPR and First Aid certification.
The agency will assist prospective foster parents in meeting all the requirements.
Five Competencies To be a Foster Parent:
- Protecting and nurturing children.
- Meeting children’s development needs and addressing developmental delays.
- Supporting relationships between children and their families.
- Connecting children to safe nurturing relationships intended to last a lifetime.
- Working as a member of a professional team.
Why should you become a foster parent with Community Access Network (CAN)?
Community Access Network is fully devoted to recruit and certify dedicated foster parents to care for our children. The agency is committed to provide the following services/support to foster parents:
Foster care is designed to provide temporary placement for
- High financial compensation
- Special incentives for foster parents who provide care to teenagers and sibling groups
- Free initial and on-going training.
- 24 hour support
- Advocate on behalf of the parent and child
- The agency will consult with the parent prior to placement to ensure the best match.
- Outings and special events for the foster parents and children
- The agency will assist the foster parent in identifying qualified respite care providers
- The agency will seek community services to assist with the children’s needs (i.e. boys & girls clubs, tutoring, sports, therapeutic services.)
- The agency will assist in coordinating visitation between children and their biological family.
Foster Care: Facts & Myths
Myth: you must own a house to qualify to be a foster parent
Fact: foster parents are not required to own a home
Myth: a foster parent must be married
Fact: a single person qualifies
Myth: the agency will select the type of child placed in my home
Fact: foster parent will choose the age, sex, ethnic background and the type of behavioral issues they can work with
Myth: as a foster parent I’m responsible for the health care expenses for children placed in my home
Fact: all foster children come to placement with a medical card
Myth: foster parents are expected to keep children in their homes regardless of their behavior
Fact: foster parents may request removal of the child from their homes when unable to deal with their behavioral issues.