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Foster Care

What is Foster Care?

When a child is removed from their biological family due to abuse or neglect, they need a stable and loving foster family to care for them. The intent of foster care is to temporarily protect children in a healthy and stable environment when they cannot remain safely in their family home. The goal of foster care is reunification with the birth family. Although foster homes are designed to be temporary, the love and care a child receives there will last a lifetime. 

 

Types of Foster Homes
  • Regular Foster Home - Has met all the DSS and Crosswell requirements to have a child or children in their home for an unspecified period of time to act as a parent(s) when the child(ren) are unable to be in the home of their biological parent. 

  • Respite Home - A fully licensed foster home that provides short-term relief care for a foster child(ren) in another foster home or residential group home

  • Emergency Home - Emergency caregivers provide short-term care for any child who has just been placed in protective state custody until a permanent placement option is located. This process can sometimes take up to 72 hours until the agency has found placement for the child.

 

Why foster with Crosswell?

We believe that one of our roles as believers in Christ is to provide a safe haven for the fatherless and needy. We believe that upon belief in Jesus Christ, we are accepted as adopted sons and daughters with the responsibility to show the same saving grace to the lost and broken (Romans 8:14-17).

As a means of meeting a growing need in our community and state, John K. Crosswell Home for Children established a foster care program with the same mission and goals as its heart. Our fostering program is designed to meet the needs of children ages birth to 18. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing Christian home where children can grow and meet their fullest potential in Christ. Crosswell’s foster care program provides qualified foster parents with the training, tools, and support they need to make a difference in the lives of children.

As a faith based organization, Crosswell Home for Children’s foster care services are administered in a Christ-centered environment. Jesus Christ is at the center of all we do. Because He plays such an immense role in our organization's mission and the way we care for others, we believe we can offer the best foster care guidance and support to those who share our same beliefs. However, the need for loving foster parents in our state is immense, and we are happy to help refer you to another wonderful organization to help with your foster care journey if we are not the best fit for you. 

Helpful information about Fostering

Foster Children need parents who can ...
  • Accept their sense of loss and need to heal

  • Be self-confident, but not afraid to ask for help or support when needed

  • Work with social workers, teachers, therapists, and community partners

  • Keep them connected to their family and community (when possible)

  • Support their racial and cultural diversity

  • Learn to help them manage their trauma

  • Be compassionate, open-minded, and flexible

  • Advocate for the children whom we serve

  • Actively participate in all aspects of care (schooling, counseling, medical care, court dates, etc.)

  • Treat foster children with the same privileges and rights as you would/do your own children

  • Assist foster children in pursuing their passions and talents

  • Be a source of nurturing care, persistent involvement, and ceaseless encouragement to the children in your home

 

Requirements for Foster Parents
  • Be at least 21 years old

  • Be financially stable enough to support an additional child in your home

  • Have supportive character references

  • Be in good physical and mental health

  • Satisfy background screening requirements

  • Complete 14 hours of pre-licensing training and an additional 14 hours of training annually

 

What can I expect from Crosswell?
  • To follow up with concerns or questions promptly

  • To maintain your confidentiality

  • To be available to you by phone or in person in times of need

  • To be honest in sharing information

  • To keep you informed of trainings and resources available to you

  • To advocate on your behalf

  • To provide reasonable access to our services, facilities, and resources needed to care for the children in your home

  • To walk you through each step of licensure and re-licensure

  • To be a constant source of support and encouragement to your family

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Frequently asked questions

How do children come into foster care?


Children come into foster care for a variety of reasons. Children may be removed from their homes for abandonment, neglect, and/or abuse. Other reasons include loss of a parent(s) or homelessness.




What does the process look like to become a foster parent with Crosswell Home?


After attending an information session, there are several documents that must be submitted along with a home study, background checks, fire and sanitation inspections, and 14 hours of pre-service training. Crosswell works closely with the family to complete this process step-by-step and gather all needed documentation. After everything is completed, the packet is submitted to SCDSS for approval.




What type of training is required?


All foster parents are required to complete 14 hours of pre-service training through Heartfelt Calling. Licensed foster parents are required to complete an additional 14 hours of training per year, which may come from a variety of sources.




What are the responsibilities of a foster parent?


You will care for your child(ren) just like you do your biological children. This includes ensuring that their educational, medical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs are met.




Do foster parents receive any financial assistance?


Foster parents must have sufficient income without relying on the foster family reimbursement to care for an additional child. However, foster parents do receive board payments for each child in their home to help offset the cost of food and other necessities. They also can apply and receive aids such as WIC and ABC vouchers for childcare. Each child in foster care receives quarterly clothing checks as well.




Can foster parents foster and work?


Absolutely! ABC vouchers are available for working foster parents (both parents working at least 20 hours per week) that need childcare.




Can foster parents select a preference for the child(ren) they care for in their home?


Every home is licensed for children birth through age 21. Families can choose their age and gender preference based on the best fit for their family. Homes are licensed for the number of children based on family preference and the capacity of the home.




What is the greatest need for foster parents?


Currently, our state desperately needs families who are willing to take teenagers and/or school aged children. In addition, we need more families who are able to foster sibling groups so that siblings can stay together in a home instead of being split up in homes across the state.





Want to learn more?

If you are interested in learning more about our foster care program,

we encourage you to give us a call. We will schedule a consultation

to discuss the application process and answer any questions you might have.

Please contact our Foster Care Coordinator, Kelly Rowell,

at (803) 774-2761 or krowell@crosswellhome.org