What are the general requirements to become a Resource Parent?
- Resource parents reflect the diversity of our community and are at least 21 years of age; homeowners or renters.
- Resource parents can be single, married, GLBT or in a relationship. All are welcome and encouraged to apply.
- All resource parents are required to go through Gateway-Longview’s precertification training program
- Resource parents must have a physical exam and background checks
- Resource parents must be financially stable and provide references
- Resource parents participate in Gateway-Longview certification process
- Have an interest and love for children
- The ability to provide a nurturing, structured and supportive environment for children.
- Willingness to commit and unconditionally provide care to children.
- Willingness to manage/learn to manage a variety of problem behaviors – excluding any physical punishment or verbal abuse.
- Possess or have access to reliable transportation.
- Transport children to and participate in counseling, visits and other appointments/services (which may include in-home services).
- Ability to act in a professional manner when working with birth families, agency staff and other professionals/service providers.
- Ability to communicate effectively, openly and honestly.
- Attend team meetings and court when appropriate.
- Communicate openly with the agency worker.
- Learn about the role and function of workers at the agency.
- Participate in on-going training after Certification.
- Willingness to work through concerns, including the ability to accept constructive feedback and attend meetings with agency personnel.
- Participate fully in the yearly Reauthorization Process.
- Resource parents promote, support and respect:
- A child/youths understanding of cultures and ethnic identity
- Traditions & practices
- Gender identity
- Sexual orientation
- General interests
*Training and education is available to support resource parents on the above
Additional Roles and Responsibilities to Consider
1. How will your work schedule be impacted by a placement?
2. Identify at least two reliable support people who can assist you in your role as a foster/adoptive parent. Positive support is critical!
3. Are you able to be reached immediately? How would you adjust to a child coming to your home on a moments notice?
4. The child will likely visit with their birth family. Are you available to bring the child(ren) to visits? What would your plan be?
5. Are you open to working as part of our team? Our foster/adoptive parents are a vital part of the team and are asked to attend treatment team meetings and welcome visits into the home.
6. Are you willing to advocate for the needs of the child(ren) placed in your home?
What are the top 10 qualities of the most successful foster/adoptive parents?
Some of the qualities often found in successful foster/adoptive families are:
- You love children and have a good sense of humor
- You are able to celebrate small victories
- You have a desire to learn, attend trainings and welcome feedback
- You are flexible and open-minded
- You are organized and open to completing/submitting paperwork
- You like being part of a team
- You keep commitments and see things through
- You have the ability to empathize
- You recognize your stress and have healthy ways to manage it
- You are surrounded by people who support your interest in foster care/adoption