Matches selfless adults with vulnerable children in need of loving care and provides a once abandoned, abused, or neglected child with a chance to flourish into a self-sufficient, responsible human being.
Currently 7,016 children are in foster care and 52,862 child abuse and neglect cases are being investigated.
La. Dept. of Children and Family Services, June 2019.
Become a Foster Parent
Foster parents provide a ray of hope in a world otherwise shadowed by issues that are dangerous to the child’s well-being. Foster parents are crucial to the welfare of the child, and work closely with other professionals such as teachers, social workers, doctors, and other agency officials. Foster children have critical needs that foster parents provide. These needs are not just food and shelter, but include support, encouragement, reassurance, self-esteem, self-worth, and more importantly, love.
Benefits of Becoming a Therapeutic Foster Parent:
- Fulfilling your desire to parent a child
- Breaking the cycle of child abuse
- Giving many children their first chance to trust
- Helping children with some of life’s hardest experiences
- Enhancing your parenting techniques through training and support
- Helping a child with emotional or behavioral issues or medical or developmental problems live a more fulfilling life
Initial Requirements to Become a Therapeutic Foster Parent:
- High School Diploma or Equivalent
- Live in Orleans, St. Bernard, St. Charles, Jefferson, St. John, Ascension, or St. Tammany Parishes
- Undergo a criminal background check
- Participate in a family assessment interview and attend ongoing training
- Have no more than six dependents, including foster children and dependent adults
- Be open to children of all ages
Call 504-899-9045 to find out how you can help. Or click here to contact us online.