We care for children and youth from infancy through age 21. The majority of children we serve are survivors of abuse and/or neglect. These children have emotional and/or physical disabilities, social and/or behavioral challenges, experienced problems at school, and/or have developmental delays. We also serve sibling groups, pregnant teens, and/or young mothers. We often need homes for youth transitioning out of one of HopeTree’s residential settings.
Foster parent applicants must fit the following criteria:
HopeTree Foster Care expects all foster parents to provide a safe, loving, nurturing environment for a child placed in your home. You must be able to provide structure, guidance, and supervision, and participate in all aspects of the child’s care by attending service plan reviews, treatment team meetings, court hearings and other meetings facilitated by DSS or other involved parties. You must work with the child’s biological family when required and transport foster children to visitations with their families. You must advocate for the child placed in your care, attend on-going training and foster parent support groups, abide by HopeTree Foster Care’s policies and procedures as outlined by HopeTree Family Services and the Virginia Department of Social Services. You are expected to communicate appropriately and cooperate with all providers working with the children placed in your home.
We discuss this in orientation and training. Some questions you can ask yourself include:
Some of the qualities of a good home environment for a foster child include nurturing, compassion, love, patience, structure, rules, appropriate discipline, perseverance, kindness, and acceptance. The training and support you receive throughout your lifetime as a foster parent with HopeTree helps you achieve and sustain this type of home environment.
We provide all foster parents with intensive training and support to ensure that you can be the best possible parent for the child placed in your care. HopeTree Foster Care provides all foster parents with supportive case management services, monthly training and support group sessions, 24-hour emergency support and crisis intervention, respite care, and tax-free financial compensation. Our program focuses on working with children who have experienced trauma with the goal of helping them face challenges in a more productive way. We aim to build relationships with children and foster families to provide the support everyone needs to succeed.
HopeTree Foster Care has the ability to serve foster families who reside within a 90-mintue drive of the foster care offices in Salem and Chester. Visit the Contact Us page to find out where our offices and located and who to contact.
While you don’t necessarily have to “pay” in a traditional sense to be a foster parent, it does cost you time, energy, patience and commitment. We believe the benefits of being a foster parent far outweigh the costs. The role of a foster parent is something far greater than a simple monetary exchange. It’s a way to help someone, a child in need, that has eternal significance.
This depends on the child’s goal—whether it is to return home or adoption. It could range from a few days to forever. Regardless of their goal, foster parents have the opportunity to provide lasting memories for the children they serve and be a “forever family” even if they return to their biological homes.
We are looking for single or married people of the Christian faith who want to demonstrate Christian love to children in need.
Yes. You may look up HopeTree’s licensure information by visiting the Virginia Department of Social Services website at http://www.dss.virginia.gov/.
Not at the present time, although our foster parents often adopt the children they serve through the Virginia Department of Social Services.
If you’re not ready to become a foster parent right now, there are other opportunities to get involved with our ministry. HopeTree Family Services hosts several community events and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. Visit the calendar on HopeTreeFS.org for a list of upcoming events in your area . You may also lend a helping hand to a foster family by providing gift cards, suitcases, duffel bags, hygiene items and/or monetary donations.
You can also be an advocate for children by getting involved with legislators and encouraging them to support legislation that protects our children. Spreading the word about our program to other potential foster parents is another way you can help out right now. We’d be happy to supply you with extra brochures and informational pieces to distribute.