The need for foster families is great. In Georgia alone, 10,000 children are in the foster care system and that number is growing. 150 children sleep in hotel rooms every night with strangers. Children escaping abusive or neglectful situations need a safe place to live and be loved. Could your home be that safe place for children who are hurting?
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Families in crisis or hardship often do not have the capacity to protect and care for their children. When a child cannot safely remain with their family, the state Department of Family and Children Services assumes temporary custody and then seeks interim living arrangements, such as a United Methodist Children’s Home foster home, while addressing the needs of the family. A foster home gives the intimate setting of a family and training, staff supervision and a supportive community of other foster families help to support the foster family. Foster families receive a per diem for each child in their care.
We help children heal from the trauma they have experienced. Children leave our program with educational and therapeutic interventions in place, development of coping skills and exposure to spirituality and healthy family functioning. Children return home to either a restored family or relative that has been approved to care for them or are adopted, ultimately creating permanency for the child.
How does our program work?
Foster families are recruited, trained and approved through the Children’s Home. These families are then assigned to one of our foster care workers, and we match referred children to a family that will provide a good fit and a safe, nurturing temporary home. We incorporate a family-centered approach that creates a partnership between the child’s birth and foster families to increase the likelihood that the child will permanently return home to their birth family. When this is not possible, the Children’s Home assists with the process of establishing a permanent home for the child or children. We also provide these services:
- Train and support foster parents on an ongoing basis so they can successfully provide care
- Assess, plan and coordinate services for the child
- Advocate for the child within the court, education and DFCS systems
- Collaborate and create partnerships within the community for the benefit of the child and birth family
- Supervise birth parent-child visitation
- Maintain a 24-hour intake and support line
Why The Children’s Home?
We turn away 30 kids per week because we don’t have enough foster families, and we need your help. We consistently exceed Georgia’s standards for foster care providers and maintain the highest performance scores in the areas of permanency, safety and well being of children. Our program is faith based, and our staff and foster parents understand that we seek to show God’s love to children and families. We offer quality service with specialized staff, an intensive staff to client ratio and accreditation from Council on Accreditation and Eagle. Our foster parents express gratitude for the strong support they receive from us.
How to help
Help us recruit new foster parents. Spread the word to your friends and community that safe, nurturing foster families are needed, and share our resources with foster parents you know, including this Web page. We also can arrange to provide an informational session at your organization or church. Consider becoming a foster parent. Homes are needed for a racially and ethnically diverse population of children and youth, and particularly for sibling groups of two children or more, teenagers, and medically fragile children of all ages. Most of the children will have developmental, emotional and/or educational delays. Attend one of our informational meetings, which are held at our Decatur office the first Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. RSVP to 404.327.5864 by the Friday before the meeting you plan to attend. Orientations also are held at our Gainesville office upon request. Orientation classes can be held at other settings, such as churches, or on an individual basis. IMPACT training, which is required for anyone wishing to foster or adopt through the State Foster Care System, is offered free of charge in both Decatur and Gainesville. Contact the office nearest you to learn the dates of our next class series. Purchase items from our wish list. Visit our Amazon.com wish list of ongoing needs for our foster children. *Amazon does not share your name with us, so be sure to mark your order as a “gift” and include your name and address in the gift field so that we can thank you. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent or family, contact Denise Peacock. If you live in the Gainesville area, contact Sondra Rogers.
The Children’s Home is a licensed adoption agency. If a child we are currently serving in foster care becomes eligible for adoption, we facilitate that process. We help our foster families who desire to adopt the children in their care by walking them through the process to become adoptive parents. If you are interested in adopting a child through the Children’s Home Foster Care Program, contact Denise Peacock.