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FOSTER & ADOPTIVE PARENTING OPPORTUNITIES
Make an extraordinary difference in the life of a child! Did you know there are many foster care children in South Dakota waiting for their forever family? (click here to view available children) To learn more about the steps to become a foster or adoptive parent today, please take some time to review the following:
What Is A Therapeutic Foster Parent Made Of? Watch Our Video!
Watch this video about one of our foster families! "Fostering a Future"
Children's Home Society's therapeutic foster care and adoption programs are primarily used for children, ages 4-18, who:
Children served by Children's Home Society's Therapeutic Foster Care and Adoptive Programs have moderate emotional and behavioral problems. These children are in need of a family home placement which can provide positive guidance, care, and supervision. They need unconditional affection and acceptance, along with consistent age-appropriate expectations. The goal in each placement is to provide a safe, stable, and nurturing home environment that will be conducive to the child’s positive development.
This video by Wendy's Wonderful Kids,
shows through a five-year research evaluation, that the program
works! Undadoptable is Unacceptable!
The Dakota Heart Gallery of South Dakota is a stirring and unique portrait exhibit of locally adoptable children sharing the same dream of finding a "FAMILY". (click here to view the Dakota Heart Gallery of South Dakota.
about becoming a foster or adoptive parent . . .
to become a foster or adoptive parent is a big decision.
Parenting any child can be challenging, and the
additional responsibilities and issues that come with
parenting a child who has experienced extreme problems with
family life can seem overwhelming at times.
Children who have experienced hurt need healing.
Children who have been rejected need unconditional
And children who have been abused need to be safe.
Being a foster or adoptive parent to a child with such needs is not easy. These children will often challenge even the best parenting skills. But seeing the smallest signs of progress can be very rewarding. As a foster or adoptive parent, you have the opportunity to provide a healing family experience for a child in need—an experience that will be an important step toward a healthier future for that child.
Foster and adoptive parents are licensed/approved according to standards established by the South Dakota Department of Social Services. Children’s Home Society has some additional standards which are designed to meet the particular needs of the children served.
of eligibility to become licensed/approved as a foster or
Characteristics of families best suited to care for foster or adoptive children:
must complete the following:
provided to Children’s Home foster and adoptive parents
Society compensates foster parents at $26 per day.
This rate is to help the foster family provide for the
basic needs of the child including clothing, school supplies,
allowances, etc. Medical
expenses are not the responsibility of the foster family.
Healthcare needs provided include physical, dental, eye
care, and prescription medication.
subsidies are typically available for adoptive families.
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