INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE FOSTER PARENTS<br />HOW TO GET INVOLVED<br />Colorado, LLC<br />
ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT BECOMING A FOSTER PARENT?<br /><ul><li>Would you like to make a difference in the life of a child i...
Are you loving, patient, understanding, nonjudgmental and warm?
Can you open your home to a foster child?
Would you like to be a member of the professional team focused on a child's best interest?
Can you provide a foster child with a safe environment? (1)</li></ul>Dungarvin, CO<br />
ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE? <br />Dungarvin, CO<br />“Foster parenting is truly a calling, and there are special children...
 WHO IS DUNGARVIN?<br />A national organization that is committed to providing high quality services. <br />A licensed Chi...
 DUNGARVIN’S MISSION IS…<br />…respecting and responding to the choices of people with developmental disabilities. <br />D...
DUNGARVIN’S HISTORY <br /><ul><li>Dungarvin opened its doors in March of 1976, in St. Paul, Minnesota, by Tim and Diane Ma...
Dungarvin got its name when Tim was inspired by the extraordinary kindness of a policeman in Dungarvan, Ireland.
Today, Dungarvin provides services to over 2,100 individuals with cognitive and developmental disabilities across 15 states.
The Denver, Colorado office was opened in 1991; followed by Colorado Springs in 1996. Dungarvin opened the Grand Junction ...
WHAT IS FOSTER CARE?<br /><ul><li>It is a proactive commitment to nurture, love and advocate for a child in the community.
A way for individuals to expand their personal and professional knowledge through specialized parenting.
“As the African proverb says, ‘it takes a whole village to raise a child’. I decided to become an active part of the villa...
HISTORY OF FOSTER CARE IN THE US<br /><ul><li>Began with the Old Testament; then seen in the English Poor Laws.
The US documented its  first foster child, named Benjamin Eaton, in 1636. He was seven.
Charles Loring Brace, director of The New York Children’s Aid Society, began what is now foster care in the US.
These services catapulted a need for social agencies to supervise foster parents to ensure child welfare, beginning modern...
DID YOU KNOW?<br />There were 7,927 children in foster care in Colorado in 2009; many children are still waiting for famil...
MYTHS ABOUT FOSTER CARE<br />Common misperceptions: <br />All foster parents have already raised children.<br />Foster par...
FOSTER CARE TO FAMOUS<br />Cher, Musician and Fashion Icon<br />Eddie Murphy, Movie Star and Comedian<br />Ice T, Musician...
FOSTER CARE TO FAMOUS<br />Charles Dickens, British Novelist<br />Gerald Ford, Former U.S. President<br />Langston Hughes,...
WHAT IS A FOSTER PARENT?<br /><ul><li>A person over the age of 21 who opens their home to a child in need.
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  • CPA: What that means is Dungarvin is certified to place children for foster care or adoption. We will talk in more detail about what a developmental disability is later in the presentation. An organization that serves children with developmental disabilities.An organization that specializes in children with developmental disabilities.
  • CPA: What that means is Dungarvin is certified to place children for foster care or adoption. We will talk in more detail about what a developmental disability is later in the presentation.
  • Foster care literally means “the placement of a child into the legal custody or legal authority of a county department of human/social services for physical placement of a child in a certified or licensed facility.” http://changealifeforever.org/foster.asp“Foster care means 24-hour substitute care for children placed away from their parents or guardians and for whom the State agency has placement and care responsibility.” http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/groups/county_access/documents/pub/dhs_id_027331.pdfOPPLA (Other Planned Permanent Living Arrangement)
  • Children in foster homes: The Old TESTAMENTrefers to caring for dependent children as a duty under law. Early Christian church records indicate orphaned children lived with widows who were paid by the church. English Poor Laws in the 1500s allowed the placement of poor children into indentured service until they became adults. http://www.enotes.com/everyday-law-encyclopedia/foster-careCharles Loring Brace was working in NYC when he observed numerous immigrant children living on the streets. He presented families in the South and West with the prospect of helping these children by providing them with a home.
  • It is not required that a person has been a parent before to qualify to be a foster parent. Many people become foster parents, regardless of previous parenting. A placement refers to the time when the child is “placed” in a certified home. Parents will not be left alone; Dungarvin provides a strong support system through visits, education and staff support. Dungarvin does not require that a family be traditional; all types of families are welcome. Dungarvin recognizes many legitimate family arrangements. Dungarvin does not discriminate because of marital status, gender, race, income, religion, age or sexual orientation. Violent, or agressive. Many foster children come from difficult backgrounds yet their resilience is astonishing. Foster children are fun-loving, happy kids. You do not have to be perfect to be the perfect parent. You can change a life forever. You do not have to be a saint to be a foster parent or have a perfect background. Dungarvin considers individual strengths and weaknesses regarding the ability to care for and role model for a child.
  • Not all children served by Dungarvin have developmental disabilities yet foster parents have the option to further their education through programs focused on specific needs of the children.Some trainings include behavior management, recognition of abuse, and first aid/CPR.
  • Break down 1st point… Normally, children are not diagnosed with illness until over the age of 18 because they are still developing, brain’s changing and growing. A disorder that hinders/effects their development and occurs while they are still developing = a developmental disability… hence the name. It is very important to remember that DD can be classified as mild, moderate, profound or severe. For example, one child might have a slight learning disability yet otherwise function normally while another might have a more severe learning disability and will require more assistance in a specialized learning classroom. What will this mean in regards to your placement? We will match you with a child whose physical, mental and behavioral conditions you feel comfortable and will be able to handle.
  • 1. A disability does not exclude a person from being unique; everyone has strengths and areas for improvement. 2. They are not productive members of society. They cannot have friends or a family of their own. They cannot hold a job or learn a new trade. They do not obey the law and always cause trouble. 3. They cannot feel happiness, sadness, fear or anger. 4. They are scary because of violent, aggressive, disobedient and troublesome behaviors. 5. Like the flu, disabilities can be passed on.
  • We take pride in the quality of services we offer; it separates us from other organizations.
  • Foster Parent Core:This marks the start of your professional development as a foster parent.
  • **“Once a child is found, Dungarvin will introduce you to the child before they are placed in your home.”** “Dungarvin will assist you with getting to know the child before they are placed.”Supports from Dungarvin and additional education on disabilities. We will match you with a child whose physical, mental and behavioral conditions you feel comfortable and will be able to handle. Long-term placements: We will not be placing children in your home and then suddenly pulling them out for no reason. At the same time, if the match is not right we will not force you to have that child in your home. Dungarvin does not typically do emergency placements; rapport will be established before placement.
  • General program orientation is a free course offered by Dungarvin where potential foster parents learn about Dungarvin’s mission/philosophy, procedures, expectations and regulations. You can change a life forever. Become a foster and/or an adoptive parent for Colorado&apos;s children.
  • Foster children’s artwork?Photos?New video?Documentary?
  • Foster Parent Slideshow

    1. 1. INFORMATION FOR PROSPECTIVE FOSTER PARENTS<br />HOW TO GET INVOLVED<br />Colorado, LLC<br />
    2. 2. ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT BECOMING A FOSTER PARENT?<br /><ul><li>Would you like to make a difference in the life of a child in need? 
    3. 3. Are you loving, patient, understanding, nonjudgmental and warm?
    4. 4. Can you open your home to a foster child?
    5. 5. Would you like to be a member of the professional team focused on a child's best interest?
    6. 6. Can you provide a foster child with a safe environment? (1)</li></ul>Dungarvin, CO<br />
    7. 7. ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE? <br />Dungarvin, CO<br />“Foster parenting is truly a calling, and there are special children waiting for adults to love, encourage, and give them a chance to grow up in peace and safety.” –Kids Peace (2)<br />If you are looking for fulfillment in your life, have dreamed of starting your own family, or want to give back to a child, consider becoming a foster parent with Dungarvin!<br />
    8. 8. WHO IS DUNGARVIN?<br />A national organization that is committed to providing high quality services. <br />A licensed Child Placement Agency through the state of Colorado.<br />An organization that can serve children with developmental disabilities.<br />Dungarvin, CO<br />
    9. 9. DUNGARVIN’S MISSION IS…<br />…respecting and responding to the choices of people with developmental disabilities. <br />Dungarvin, CO<br />
    10. 10. DUNGARVIN’S HISTORY <br /><ul><li>Dungarvin opened its doors in March of 1976, in St. Paul, Minnesota, by Tim and Diane Madden.
    11. 11. Dungarvin got its name when Tim was inspired by the extraordinary kindness of a policeman in Dungarvan, Ireland.
    12. 12. Today, Dungarvin provides services to over 2,100 individuals with cognitive and developmental disabilities across 15 states.
    13. 13. The Denver, Colorado office was opened in 1991; followed by Colorado Springs in 1996. Dungarvin opened the Grand Junction office in 2010 and plans to incorporate foster care in 2011.</li></ul>Dungarvin, CO<br />
    14. 14. WHAT IS FOSTER CARE?<br /><ul><li>It is a proactive commitment to nurture, love and advocate for a child in the community.
    15. 15. A way for individuals to expand their personal and professional knowledge through specialized parenting.
    16. 16. “As the African proverb says, ‘it takes a whole village to raise a child’. I decided to become an active part of the village and devote my efforts to this childrearing process.” -Henrietta Jones (3)</li></ul>Dungarvin, CO<br />
    17. 17. HISTORY OF FOSTER CARE IN THE US<br /><ul><li>Began with the Old Testament; then seen in the English Poor Laws.
    18. 18. The US documented its first foster child, named Benjamin Eaton, in 1636. He was seven.
    19. 19. Charles Loring Brace, director of The New York Children’s Aid Society, began what is now foster care in the US.
    20. 20. These services catapulted a need for social agencies to supervise foster parents to ensure child welfare, beginning modern foster care. (4)</li></ul>Dungarvin, CO<br />
    21. 21. DID YOU KNOW?<br />There were 7,927 children in foster care in Colorado in 2009; many children are still waiting for families. (5)<br />“After all these years, giving back is just the natural thing to do. I have seen time and again what a positive difference an investment in a child can make.” -Judith Schagrin (6) <br />Dungarvin, CO<br />
    22. 22. MYTHS ABOUT FOSTER CARE<br />Common misperceptions: <br />All foster parents have already raised children.<br />Foster parents do not receive support. <br />All foster families are traditional. <br />Foster children are damaged. (violent, aggressive)<br />A foster parent has to be perfect. <br />Did you know…<br />In Colorado (2007), 99.41% of children were NOT maltreated while in foster care. (7)<br />Dungarvin, CO<br />
    23. 23. FOSTER CARE TO FAMOUS<br />Cher, Musician and Fashion Icon<br />Eddie Murphy, Movie Star and Comedian<br />Ice T, Musician and Movie Director<br />John Lennon, Rock-n-Roll Legend, The Beatles<br />James Dean, Rebel and Actor<br />Marilyn Monroe, Movie Star Legend<br />Babe Ruth, Baseball Legend<br />Willie Nelson, Country Musician<br />Faith Hill, County Musician<br />Dungarvin, CO<br />
    24. 24. FOSTER CARE TO FAMOUS<br />Charles Dickens, British Novelist<br />Gerald Ford, Former U.S. President<br />Langston Hughes, Poet and Writer<br />Louisa May Alcott, Author<br />Nelson Mandela, Moral and Political Leader<br />Steve Jobs, CEO/Co-Founder Apple and Pixar<br />Eleanor Roosevelt, Former First Lady<br />Malcolm X, Civil Rights Leader<br />Tom Monaghan, Founder Domino’s Pizza<br />Dungarvin, CO<br />
    25. 25. WHAT IS A FOSTER PARENT?<br /><ul><li>A person over the age of 21 who opens their home to a child in need.
    26. 26. A person who wishes to expand their knowledge and expertise in the field of child welfare.
    27. 27. A person who understands the </li></ul>importance of a safe, reliable family in shaping a child’s future; they help children grow and develop. <br /> "Being a good parent means making a commitment to doing whatever is in the best interests of the child…These children are in crisis and need all of us to put them first. The work may be challenging, but I am blessed with many rewards, too." -Diane Dunk (8) <br />Dungarvin, CO<br />
    28. 28. DUNGARVIN’S PHILOSOPHY <br />Dungarvin, CO<br />All human beings, including foster children and people with developmental disabilities, have the same basic needs for physical comfort, security, a sense of belonging, love, and fulfillment. <br />Dungarvin remains committed to providing quality care for all children, while respecting differences in ability. <br />Some foster parents with Dungarvin choose to receive specialized training to serve children with developmental disabilities. <br />
    29. 29. WHAT IS A DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITY?<br /><ul><li>A life-long disability of mental or physical impairment which manifests before the age of 18, ranging from mild to severe.
    30. 30. Usually affects some daily functioning skills such as learning, independence, self-regulation, language and/or mobility.
    31. 31. Children with a developmental disability typically need more support than other children. </li></ul>Dungarvin, CO<br />
    32. 32. MYTHS ABOUT DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES<br />Common misperceptions: <br />All people with disabilities are the same. <br />People with disabilities cannot contribute to society. <br />People with disabilities do not experience emotions.<br />All people with disabilities are scary. <br />A disability is contagious.<br />Did you know…<br />In Colorado (2006), 58% of children in foster care had special needs. (9)<br />Dungarvin, CO<br />
    33. 33. DISABILITY TO FAMOUS<br />Albert Einstein, Father of Modern Physics<br />Ludwig van Beethoven, Composer and Pianist <br />Thomas Edison, Scientist and Inventor <br />Stephen Hawking, Physicist<br />Walt Disney, Producer and Entrepreneur <br />Robin Williams, Actor and Comedian<br />Woodrow Wilson, Former U.S. President<br />Tom Cruise, Actor<br />Alexander Graham Bell, Scientist and Inventor<br />Dungarvin, CO<br />
    34. 34. WHY SHOULD I BECOME A FOSTER PARENT?<br /><ul><li>I have the ability to help a child.
    35. 35. I can be there for someone who needs me.
    36. 36. I can provide a stable and loving environment.
    37. 37. I want to give a him/her a better childhood.
    38. 38. I can’t have a child of my own.
    39. 39. I have lots of love to give.
    40. 40. I want to encourage a child to grow into a productive adult.
    41. 41. I know other foster parents.
    42. 42. I understand the importance of family. </li></ul>Dungarvin, CO<br />
    43. 43. WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM DUNGARVIN?<br />“Parenting sometimes presents challenges and concerns that people are not always prepared to deal with alone.” -Henrietta Jones (10)<br />Continued team support after placement.<br />Daily access for questions and concerns. <br />Monthly visits or as needed.<br />Free training courses.<br />Child specific education programs.<br />Nurse visits and on call.<br />Respite options.<br />24/7 emergency assistance.<br />Dedicated staff that will create a customized plan to meet the child’s needs.<br />Connections to services and organizations in the community. <br />Dungarvin, CO<br />
    44. 44. WHAT TRAININGS WILL DUNGARVIN PROVIDE?<br />Dungarvin, CO<br /><ul><li>Required trainings at no cost to parents.
    45. 45. 15 hours within 90 days of placement.
    46. 46. 20 additional hours by anniversary.
    47. 47. (47 total hours for the first year)
    48. 48. 20 hours to recertify after the first year.
    49. 49. 32 hours if Specialized/ Therapeutic/ CHRP.
    50. 50. Additional trainings.
    51. 51. 12 hours of Foster Parent Core.
    52. 52. Many parents attend additional workshops in parenting skills and discipline techniques to further prepare themselves for placements. </li></li></ul><li>HOW WILL DUNGARVIN FIND THE RIGHT MATCH?<br /><ul><li>Dungarvin will sit down with you to determine:
    53. 53. Your individual parenting strengths.
    54. 54. Your preferences regarding gender and age range.
    55. 55. Dungarvin will ensure that connections are made with the child before they are placed in your home.
    56. 56. Dungarvin will provide supports during the transition process.</li></ul>Dungarvin, CO<br />
    57. 57. HOW DO I BEGIN THE PROCESS?<br /><ul><li>Talk to your family.
    58. 58. Submit an application.
    59. 59. Take general program orientation.
    60. 60. Schedule an initial interview.
    61. 61. Complete background checks.
    62. 62. Complete a SAFE Home Study.
    63. 63. Note: It takes about three to six months to get certified. Although this process is lengthy, it ensures the safety of every child. </li></ul>Dungarvin, CO<br />
    64. 64. Chanson and Noah’s Video<br />Dungarvin, CO<br />
    65. 65. Dungarvin, CO<br />
    66. 66. REFERENCES<br />Kids Peace. (2007). Are you up to the challenge. Retrieved from http://www.kidspeace.org/services.aspx?id=204<br />Kids Peace. (2007). A special calling. Retrieved from http://www.kidspeace.org/specialcalling.aspx<br />Foster Care: Change A Lifetime. (n.d.). Henrietta Jones. Retrieved from http://www.fostercaremonth.org/SuccessStories/PeopleMakingADifference/Pages/HenriettaJones.aspx<br />National Foster Parent Association. (2011). History of foster care in the United States. Retrieved from http://www.nfpainc.org/content/?page=HISTORYOFFOSTERCARE&nmenu=3&title=History%20of%20Foster%20Care%20in%20the%20United%20States<br />US Department of Health and Human Services: Administration for Children and Families. (2011). Foster care FY 2002 – 2009 entries, exits and numbers of children in care on the last day of each federal fiscal year. Retrieved from http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/stats_research/afcars/statistics/entryexit2009.htm<br />Foster Care: Change A Lifetime. (n.d.). Judith Schagrin. Retrieved from http://www.fostercaremonth.org/SuccessStories/PeopleMakingADifference/Pages/JudithSchagrin.aspx<br />US Department of Health and Human Services: Administration for Children and Families. (2011). Child welfare outcomes 2004 – 2007: Report to Congress. Retrieved from http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/pubs/cwo04-07/cwo04-07.pdf#page=403<br />Foster Care: Change A Lifetime. (n.d.). Diane Dunk. Retrieved from http://www.fostercaremonth.org/SuccessStories/PeopleMakingADifference/Pages/Diane_Dunk.aspx<br />US Department of Health and Human Services: Administration for Children and Families. (2011). Child’s special needs: October 1, 2005 to September 30, 2006. Retrieved from http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/stats_research/afcars/statistics/specnds_tbl7_2006.htm<br />Foster Care: Change A Lifetime. (n.d.). Henrietta Jones. Retrieved from http://www.fostercaremonth.org/SuccessStories/PeopleMakingADifference/Pages/HenriettaJones.aspx<br />Dungarvin, CO<br />

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