Becoming a Foster Parent
The Open Arms Agency seeks highly skilled foster parents that have a genuine compassion for the children that have been neglected and/or abused. These children are often like a plant that has not been watered; once they are provided the love and compassion they should have received, they begin to grow again. It is this compassion that is essential to the restoration of humanity in the children that The Open Arms Agency serves.
Foster Parent Requirements
- You must be 21 years old
- You must be able to pass a State, TDFPS and Federal background check
- You must not have a history with TDFPS (CPS)
- You must have sufficient space for a child and/or children in your home
- You must accept and follow a No Physical Discipline Policy
Foster Parenting - Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I have to be married in order to become a foster parent?
No. You can be single or married.
- Do I have to provide health insurance for the foster child?
No. Medicaid/STAR Health provides medical, dental, vision and mental health coverage for the foster child.
- Do I have to own a house in order to become a foster parent?
No. You can own your home, or you can rent your home.
Foster Parent Expectations
- Provide appropriate supervision of the foster children.
- You must participate in the development of the child's Service Plan and follow through with any recommendations contained within the child's Service Plan.
- You must maintain a commitment to the foster children and their welfare.
- You must maintain the required documentation on each of the foster children in your care.
- If required, you agree to provide transportation of the foster child/children to family and/or sibling visitations at the designated location.
- You agree to provide transportation to medical appointments as necessary.
Foster Home Types
- Basic Homes - Caring for children with normal needs and requirements
- Therapeutic Homes - Caring for children that require additional supervision and require therapy.
Levels of Care and Daily Reimbursement Rates
At the time of the child's placement in the foster home the child will be provided with a level of care designation, which will range from Basic to Specialized. Below is the reimbursement rate based on the child's level of care:
- Basic Level of Care: $23.10 per day/per child
- Moderate Level of Care: $40.44 per day/per child
- Specialized Level of Care: $51.99 per day/per child
All reimbursements are tax-free. The reimbursement that is provided to the foster families is to assist with clothing, food and daily care expenses.
We provide our foster families with a monthly reimbursement on the 20th of each month, which includes two days of paid respite care each month.