Rainbow Valley provides therapeutic services to children in both foster homes and in Residential Treatment Centers. We believe that all children and young adults deserve stable, caring and safe environments in which to live. Our Residential Treatment Centers focus on helping teen girls heal from the abuse and neglect they have suffered, and prepare them to live in a family environment.
Rainbow Valley believes that trained, professional foster parents and staff can assist children in working through their past traumas, and learn to trust again. It is our intention to prepare children and young adults for reciprocal, giving relationships with others. The lessons our young people learn about being loved without being hurt will be passed down for generations to come.
1.You will be invited in to meet with us at Rainbow Valley for a brief introduction to foster care and an Orientation.
2. Then, an appointment will be scheduled for you to meet with a Social Worker, who will offer pre-certification trainings on foster care regulations; which will cover topics such as documentation and legal issues. You must be willing to work with children who have been exposed to trauma. We will teach you what to expect behaviorally from foster youth. Another portion of pre-certification training covers therapeutic interventions and addresses issues like cultural sensitivity, child abuse and neglect, child development, and positive discipline. These trainings are scheduled at your convenience.
3. You will need to pass a health screening and a background check prior to being approved as a Resource Family. You will also need to provide immunization records for any pets you may have. Families need to have sufficient income to meet the needs of their own household.
4. Resource Family Approval entails a report that a social worker will administer with two questionnaires and perform a formal interview of yourself and your family. This interview will tell us your story and why you want to foster a child in need of care. This process typically takes from two to four weeks.
5. All residents of your home, over the age of 18, must be fingerprint cleared. Your home must be a clean, safe, single-family home suitable for the placement of children as approved by a home inspection. You must have a bed available in a bedroom, where the foster youth placed is within 5 years of age of your biological child, or other foster youth placed in the home. Infants up to 24 months of age can reside in the parent's bedroom.
6. After your home has been “approved" and you have informed us of what age child you would like to care for, you will be a candidate to have a child matched to your home. A monthly reimbursement for child expenses can come up to 30 days after placement, so families need to have sufficient financial resources to care for a child.
"I love to see the growth in the children and hear things like 'I don't have to hide in the closet any more'. I can see their faces change from being scared to showing comfort and peace." - Diane Moreno
"I like the teenagers because I like the challenge. I have seen the changes in teens that other people thought were hopeless. Being a foster parent gives me a chance to better the lives of children and make a difference." - Tenea Wallace
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