It is totally normal for new foster parents to have a lot of questions when they first start on their journey in foster care. A lot of the foster care process is a learning process, even with advanced training. Generally, one of the most common questions people ask is whether or not they get to choose their foster placement.
There is no easy yes or no answer to this question. It’s a bit of both, actually.
How Does Foster Placement Work?
You will receive a phone call when your social worker has a placement. Depending on the situation, you may be the first phone call, or you could be further down the list. Since many foster homes are already filled, if you don’t already have a foster placement you will probably be high up on the list.
You will be given information concerning the potential foster child or children that the social worker needs to place. You could be told how many children need a foster placement, whether they are boy or girl, and how old they are. If you want to ask for extra information you can do so.
You then get to decide whether or not you want to accept the placement based on the information you have been given. You will never be forced to accept a placement by the social worker. Also, they will always contact you ahead of time before arriving with the foster child.
Your placement can take place immediately, or it can take several months to find a foster placement to suit your particular situation. Even though it is your choice to receive foster placements, your choices will always be among children that your social worker needs to place.
Kids First has years of experience working with new foster families and handling foster placements. You can start the process of becoming a foster parent in the Dallas or Fort Worth area today. Contact us at Kids First today. We are looking forward to your call.