We are looking for people who have compassion and patience, who desire to make a positive difference in a child’s life.
As with any parenting journey, when you become a foster parent, you can expect challenges. At JBRI, we are always there to support you. A case manager is available 24/7 and you’ll have access to therapists and support from The Barry Robinson Center and JBRI Outpatient Services.
You’ll make a difference in the life of a child in need.
You’ll form lifelong relationships with the children that you foster.
You’ll receive ongoing training and support.
You’ll receive financial assistance, based on the child’s clinical needs.
The JBRI Treatment Foster Care program’s requirements are aligned with the Commonwealth of Virginia foster care requirements.
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Foster parents receive extensive initial and continuing training to learn how to best support children and meet their developmental needs.
Once the application process is complete, approved prospective foster parents must complete comprehensive initial training to prepare for successful foster parenting.
We certify families using the PRIDE (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education) curriculum developed by the Child Welfare League of America. This curriculum prepares foster parents in five categories:
Typically, certification can take several weeks or longer, depending on completion of a home study, background checks and initial parent training.
Many factors influence a child’s need for fostering. Children and teens may come into foster care at any time. When you foster a child will depend on a child’s needs and your ability to accept a particular child, based on age, gender and other factors.
We work closely with all foster parents and caseworkers to find the most appropriate family setting for each child. We understand that circumstances sometimes result in a foster parent being unable to accept a child.
Each child or teen has an individualized foster care treatment plan with established goals. Some children will have a goal of family reunification, and the child will remain with the foster family until reunification is possible. In other cases, the child may be unable to return to his or her birth parents and will remain in foster care.
When appropriate, the case manager will work with you to coordinate and schedule any involvement between the foster family, child and birth family.
Sometimes a foster child cannot return home to his or her birth family. If the foster family is interested in adoption, we can assist in the adoption process.