Foster Home Recruitment
Children in Brevard County need loving foster parents!
Unfortunately there are not enough foster homes available in our
community to care for all the children who have been separated
from their families due to abuse or neglect. When homes
are not available, children from Brevard end up in group homes
or are placed in homes in other counties, which further
separates them from everything familiar to them.
When a child needs to be placed in
a foster home, every effort is made to match the child with the
most appropriate foster home available to ensure the child's
needs are met. Foster homes should be chosen truly on the
basis of matching a child's need to a foster family's traits and
skill level rather than because it is the only home available.
The more foster homes available, the better the match that can
be made. The greatest need for foster parenting is for
school age children, sibling groups and teenagers.
The Child Care
Association, in cooperation with Community Based Care of Brevard
wants to ensure that every child who is removed from his or her
family has the perfect loving and caring home until their
families can be mended and reunited. If you have room in your
home and love in your heart, we hope you will consider becoming
a foster care parent to a deserving child. If you know of a
family that you believe would make a good foster family, please
provide a referral. If you refer a family that becomes a
licensed foster care family, you may be eligible for a $300
Questions and Answers
Q: What is foster care?
A: A temporary home for
children up to age 18. Serious problems with their own families
require some children to live with foster families or in group
Q: Are there any income
A: NO, but a stable income is
required and should be flexible enough to accommodate another
Q: Can foster parents adopt
their foster child?
A: Yes. However, this
should be be expected, because most children return to their own
What Does It Take to Become a
Foster parents are special, but also ordinary people who have
chosen to accept the challenges and joys of fostering children.
Specific licensing standards must be met in order for a person
to be licensed as a foster parent. A single adult, age 21
or older, or a married couple may become foster parents. A
foster parent may have children of their own or have no
children. Parents may work out of the home, but childcare
must be maintained for the foster child.
There are certain characteristics that a foster parent must
Ability to communicate in a
positive fashion with the child and the community
The ability to accept the
temporary nature of the child's placement
An extraordinary amount of
tolerance, patience, perseverance, flexibility and
Ability to understand the
youth's feelings and consider her/his views
The ability to nurture and
The ability to discipline
without using or threatening physical punishment or removal
from the home
The ability to remember what it
is like to be a child
How Can I Become a Foster or
We encourage you to attend our next
informative orientation session. The topics discussed and
information provided will help with your decision to become a
foster or adoptive family.
Prior to acceptance into the
program, an application packet, background check, home study and
inspection will need to be completed. Prospective parents
must complete the Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP)
training. The class lasts 8-10 weeks. During this
time you will explore the issues of adoption and fostering a
Orientation for Prospective
Are you interested in becoming a
foster parent? Do you know someone who is? This is
the place to begin.
Orientation sessions for
Prospective Foster Parents provide an overview of what is
involved in becoming a foster parent, the specialized training
that is required, information on the licensing process, and the
rewards of providing a safe and loving home to a child who has
been removed from their family due to abuse or neglect.
Sessions are held monthly in each area of Brevard County.
Registration is not required, but a telephone call indicating
your intention to attend would be appreciated.
||3rd Wednesday of each month
|Parrish Children's Center
5650 S. Washington St.
Titusville, FL 32780
||3rd Thursday of each month
|Child Care Association
18 Harrison Street
Cocoa, FL 32922
||4th Wednesday of each month
3661 S. Babcock St.
* Locations are subject to change
For additional information, call
the Foster Care Recruitment Manager at 634-3500, extension 361.