Credence Village places neglected, abandoned, and abused children ranging in age from newborn infants to young adults up to twenty-two years old into our homes. Some children may have serious mental, physical and/or emotional problems.
Credence Village recruits, trains, and supports dedicated Professional Foster Parents to provide an environment where children can heal, develop a sense of healthy family life, and where serenity and personal growth are achieved. Credence Village’s professional staff ensure that the children’s needs are being served by overseeing the foster home placement and are committed to our foster parents by providing ongoing support, supervision and training; which will empower them to provide excellent care for the youth in their own homes.
Foster care is a temporary living arrangement for abused and neglected infants and children who need a safe place to live when their parents or another relative cannot take care of them or when their family is focusing on getting the assistance they need. The goal is to provide a nurturing and safe environment to the child while in foster care and ensure that all the child’s medical, social, and emotional needs are met. A typical foster care placement last for six months to two years, however, each child and case is different.
As a foster parent, you receive:
- Extensive training based on the child’s needs and the services you wish to provide
- A generous daily living subsidy to reimburse the cost of everyday care for children placed in your home.
- Parent counseling and techniques; At Credence Village we use a proactive/prevention-first approach to challenges by providing on-going consultation and immediate intervention by qualified professionals 24-hours a day.
- Initial clothing allowance
- Respite/babysitting relief
- Support Group
- Foster family appreciation events
- Agency events/outings for children
- Reimbursement assistance for inspections
Foster to Adoption
Many have the intention and desire to adopt. Foster to adopt is a process of adding another member permanently to your home. Credence Village would work with the State to place appropriate children into your home that are “legal risk placements”. Legal risk means that the child is currently in foster care and parental rights have not been terminated, however there is a high probability that the child’s case is leaning towards parental rights being terminated and the child being eligible for adoption in the near future. Once the child has been officially placed in your home as an Adoptive placement, the adoption process is similar to other types of adoption, in that, after all of the decision making, paperwork, and preparation are completed, a dream of family is fulfilled. But foster care adoptions are different in a few important ways:
- Though it is possible to adopt a baby from foster care, the children who are available for adoption generally range from toddler to 21. The median age is eight years old.
- Because all children in foster care have experienced some form of trauma, parents who adopt from foster care undergo specific training to understand the effects of trauma and help children heal.
- The Foster to Adoption program cost little to no money.
Kinship care refers to the care of children by relatives or in some cases, close family friends. Relatives are the preferred resource for children who must be removed from their birth parents because it maintains the children’s connections with their families. Are you or someone you know providing care to child(ren) in the family and not receiving support and services?
Respite Care Providers
Fostering/Parenting a child is a 24/7 job, and oftentimes our wonderful and dedicated Foster Parents need a break or a weekend off. Respite Providers open their homes to children in care for short periods of time between 24 hours to 14 days.
As a Respite Provider you will be trained to assist children who have experienced abuse and neglect. Respite Providers are required to complete trainings, as well as, a background check, fingerprints, and home inspections. Respite Providers are given a “per diem reimbursement” pay that is based on the amount of nights service is provided and how many children are cared for.
Would you be willing to provide temporary care to foster children? Credence Village needs Respite care providers!
Transitional Living Program
Have you been called to work with teens and young adults? There is a great need for a structured and loving home that provides guidance and mentorship to youth in care as they transition into independent living. Our transitional living program provides foster homes and assistance to teens, as well as, adolescent pregnant parents. At Credence Village and TDFPS, this is by far our greatest need, as there is a growing population of homeless teens that are exiting out of care with a lack of independent living skills and no family support. Accept the calling!