Become a Foster Family
Foster and Adoptive Parenting
We are looking for parents interested in temporary respite care (weekends), short-term shelter care (up to 30 days), foster care (assisting a reunification with biological families), and foster/adoption.
Emergency Shelter Care
Shelter Care parents are available to provide immediate care for children who have been detained by Social Services. The goal is to provide care for the child until it is determined whether or not the child will remain a dependent of the court. If the child remains a dependent of the court, you may have the option of fostering the child long-term.
Respite parents are available to assist other Olive Crest foster families with short-term foster care. The most common length of time required of those who choose to be respite parents is two to seven days. The reason for respite care is to allow the foster family to travel or take care of family emergencies without upsetting the routine of their foster child.
Intensive Treatment Foster CareStandard Foster Care
Traditional foster parents are available to care for children who are dependents of the court. The goal is to provide a safe, nurturing home for the child. While the child is healing in foster care, the child’s biological parents are given a plan for reunification by the court system. The child will be reunited with his or her parents if the county deems appropriate.
ITFC parents require at least two years of foster parenting (or equivalent experience) before having an ITFC child placed in their home. The goal is to allow a severely affected child to heal in a loving home as opposed to a clinical environment. In addition to prior foster experience, ITFC families require extra training hours. Financial reimbursement is higher and additional in-home services are provided by an Olive Crest support counselor.
Foster/Adopt parents welcome foster children into their homes with potential for adoption. The goal of Olive Crest’s Foster/Adopt program is to reduce the number of times a child moves while he or she is a dependent of the court. Foster/Adopt families commit to caring for their foster child until the child is unified or adopted. These children are generally over the age of 3, part of a sibling set, and come from various ethnic backgrounds.
After receiving your pre-application, an Olive Crest certification coordinator will visit your home and discuss Olive Crest’s Foster and Adoptive programs. The certification coordinator will also walk through your home and give recommendations for safety precautions according to state licensing regulations. This visit can be scheduled for a weekday or evening.
An Olive Crest case manager or adoption worker will visit your family and conduct a clinical interview to gather information about your past and present family relationships and experiences. If you have children living in the home, they will be required to be present for at least a portion of the time. This visit takes approximately four-five hours and may be scheduled during the day or evening. (Some case managers may require more than one visit.)
An assessment will take place at Olive Crest between the certification coordinator, case manager/adoption worker and Olive Crest’s management team. This assessment is designed to determine your strengths as a family in relationship to the population of children we serve. In almost all cases, Olive Crest will have recommendations to help you better prepare for a foster child. In some cases, Olive Crest may recommend that you wait, and in very few cases, may decide to not continue processing your application for reasons that will be explained to you.
You will be contacted by your certification coordinator or case manager/adoption worker regarding the results of the assessment. You may also be contacted by the case manager/adoption worker with recommendations or follow-up questions. At this point, you are eligible to be pre-certified. You will be sent a task packet that will include the necessary materials to be electronically fingerprinted, as well as a list of paperwork you’ll need to submit and tasks you’ll need to complete prior to your certification.
All of our pre-certified parents must attend Olive Crest’s pre-certification trainings. These are two, eight-hour training sessions and an attachment training. If you are a Foster/Adopt family, you will be required to attend additional adoption training that is designed to address the special issues surrounding an adoption process.
The final step to becoming certified is to have your certification coordinator out to your home one last time to perform the final walk-through. During the final walk-through, your certification coordinator will need to see that your home has been adjusted to meet licensing regulations. Any remaining paperwork required for certification will be picked up at this time.
For additional questions, please call 1-800-74-FOSTER.
Foster parents provide a safe, loving home for children who are unable to live with their biological parents due to allegations of abuse or neglect. Being a foster/adoptive parent means fostering a child or children with the intent to adopt. Our goal is to find permanent homes for children who become available for adoption.
Become a Foster Parent
Although the certification process has various stages, below are a few basic requirements to become a Foster or Foster/Adopt family.
Foster parents must
- Demonstrate an ability to accept and integrate a child into the family
- Exhibit a quality relationship with their own children when applicable
- Be at least 21 years old (There is no maximum age limit.)
- Be in good physical and mental health
- Be fingerprinted and cleared through the Department of Justice, Child Abuse Index, and FBI
- Be able to show, through their life choices, that they have resolved any past traumas and/or issues
- Be willing to work with Olive Crest case managers
- Be willing to work with the foster child’s natural family members when appropriate
- Be able to attend and participate in the pre-certification training program
By the end of the certification process, a foster family’s home must at least
- Be free from hazards
- Have all medications, vitamins, poisons, and knives locked up
- Secure all bodies of water on the property, including pools, spas, fountains, and ponds
- Have a fire extinguisher (ABC) in the kitchen
- Have operational smoke detectors
- Have firearms/weapons locked separately from ammunition
- Adjust water temperature to be between 105 and 120 degrees
To learn more, please call 1.800.74.FOSTER.
Respite Care for Families in Crisis
Safe Families for Children is an innovative collaboration between area churches, volunteers and child care professionals designed to support at-risk children and parents in need. Children are matched with volunteer families in their own community whenever possible. Placements average from one day to three months.
Olive Crest Provides Support for Parents
Once a child is placed in one of our homes, it is our goal to provide care for the entire family. Our case managers are committed to their Foster/Adoptive families, and provide ongoing case management and support.
Some of our services include
- Training and Education (foster care, emergency shelter, biological family respite, intensive community-based treatment services and rehabilitation skills training/support counselor)
- Ongoing Home Visits
- Financial Reimbursement
- School Consultation
- Coordination of Medical Needs
- 24/7 Help Line
- Special Events and Activities
- Support Groups
- Overall Guidance in Child Development
- Mental Health Counseling
To fill out an online pre-application or request a phone call, please click the region closest to you.
If you do not live in an area Olive Crest serves, please contact your local state or county agency to learn more about the foster or foster/adoption process in your community.