Woodfords Family Services
  • 31-Aug-2020 to 30-Sep-2020 (EST)
  • Westbrook, ME, USA
  • $45 to $75
  • Day
  • Contract

Daily Tax-Free Stipend, Training, On-going Support, Respite, Mentoring


Foster Parents are essential to Maine's kids in the foster care system.

Foster Parents are needed to provide homes for kids and teens in foster care. We are seeking individuals and couples in York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, and Androscoggin Counties to become licensed foster parents.

Woodfords supports our foster families throughout the process. From inquiry, to licensing, to child placement, a member of the Woodfords team is here to support you.

 

You don't have to be perfect, to be a perfect foster parent for a Maine child or teen in need of a caring adult and a supportive home!

 

About the person Woodfords wants to be one of our Therapeutic Foster Parents: 

  • You are compassionate, energetic and enjoy working within a team 
  • You are supportive, flexible, and have a passion for helping children in foster care and their families
  • You are open, accept support and are willing to learn and grow in order to best support kids and teens in the foster care system
  • You are interested in opening your own home to a child or teen in Maine's foster care system  

 

Reimbursement: 

  • Therapeutic Foster Parents receive an annual tax-free stipend 
  • Foster parents also receive a stipend to provide clothing
  • Children and teens in foster care receive MaineCare health benefits

                                      

As a Woodfords' Therapeutic Foster Parent:

  • You are the primary caregiver to children with developmental disabilities who are unable to safely reside with their biological parents, family or legal guardian
  • You provide a safe, and nurturing home while supporting family reunification & family visits
  • You will be responsible to oversee medical appointments, medication administration, transportation to and from appointments, and activities, as well as the day-to-day and direct care of the child/children or teen/s placed by DHHS and Woodfords in your home
  • You will also oversee the child's educational needs

 

Qualifications of a Therapeutic Foster Parent:

  • May be married or single or partnered
  • 21 years of age or older
  • Have space in the home (can own or rent) for a child or teen
  • Have experience as state-licensed family foster parent (at least 1 year) or work experience (at least 6 months) with children and/or teens
  • Be in good physical and mental health
  • Enjoy working with children and/or teens
  • Possess effective parenting skills and be open to learning new skills
  • Be creative and flexible
  • Possess a willingness to work with birth parents, service providers and service agencies
  • Must be committed and enjoy challenges
  • Must successfully complete introductory training
  • Must possess a willingness to grow as a parent and as an individual

 

About Woodfords:

Woodfords Family Services has been committed to the support and inclusion of people with special needs and their families since 1967. For 50 years, our agency has been Maine's leader in the provision of services for individuals and their families with autism, developmental and intellectual disabilities. Not only are we committed to our consumers and their families but we are also committed to our foster parents. 

 

Check out our website: Therapeutic Foster Care 

 

Take a look at this video to learn more about Therapeutic Foster Care at Woodfords:  

Therapeutic Foster Care video: Why Not Today?

 

 

Benefits for Woodfords' Therapeutic Foster Family Providers:

  • Daily Tax-Free Stipend 
    • $45.00 to $75.00/child (varies according to child's/teen's needs)
  • Limited Start-up Funds
  • Activity Funds for Child Available
  • Mileage Reimbursement
  • State Provided Health Insurance for the Child
  • Potential Daycare Reimbursement

 

Additional Benefits Support Provided to Woodfords' Therapeutic Foster Family Providers:

  • On-going Support from a Woodfords' Case Manager
  • Foster Family Support Worker provides direct support to the child or teen placed in your home
  • 24/7 On Call and Crisis Support
  • Free Training
  • Ongoing Training, Online Trainings, and Training Stipend
  • Support throughout the Home Study and Application Process
  • Supervision of Visits with Biological Families
  • Foster Parent Mentor Program
  • Monthly Foster Parent Support Groups
  • Quarterly Foster Parent Meetings
  • Respite Care provides support when Foster Parents need to be away

 

 

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