Woodfords Family Services
  • 08-Sep-2020 to 04-Nov-2020 (EST)
  • Lewiston, ME, USA
  • $45 to $75
  • Day
  • Contract

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


Therapeutic Foster Parent

Foster Parents Needed in York, Cumberland, Sagadahoc, and Androscoggin Counties 

 

Woodfords Family Services is ready to train and license individuals and couples as Therapeutic Foster Parents. We offer support throughout the training and licensing process, as well as once a child or teen is placed in the home.

 

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!

There kids and teens in Maine who are waiting for an adult like you to offer support and a home during the most challenge time in their lives. 

 

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

  • You enjoy spending time with, and caring for kids or teens
  • You are compassionate, energetic and would enjoy working within a team to care for a child placed in your home 
  • You are supportive, flexible, and have a passion for helping children in foster care and their families
  • You have good verbal and written communication skills
  • You are flexible, and an excellent problem solver
  • You are patient, understanding and creative
  • 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  

If this describes you, then explore the process to become a licensed Therapeutic Foster Parent with Woodfords!   

 

Therapeutic Foster Parents receive an annual tax-free stipend of $16,000 to $27,000 per child placed in the home.

                                      

About the Role of a Woodfords' Therapeutic Foster Parent:

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
  • You will be a key member of the Therapeutic Foster Care Program working independently and cooperatively with a team. .

We will teach you the skills and strategies needed to be successful a Therapeutic Foster Parent and will give you on-going support throughout the child's placement.

 

Key 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
  • 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
  • Have experience as state-licensed family foster parent (at least 1 year) or work experience (at least 6 months) with children and/or teens
  • 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 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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