How do I become a foster parent?
- First, call CSR to talk about your interest in becoming a foster parent. We will answer any questions you have, and will begin the process when you are ready to proceed.
- You must complete an intake form with a CSR staff person.
- When an intake has been completed, we will send you a foster care application form. Background Record Checks are completed on each household member age 14 and over.
- We seek to ensure that your household is a safe environment for placing a child. Once this process is complete, we will schedule a home visit.
- Your home must pass our Physical Standards Check. We verify that your home has working safety equipment; such as smoke detectors, and that the living and sleeping quarters in your home provide adequate space, privacy and safety for all family members. If your home does not meet one or more of our standards, you are given time to comply and we will do a follow-up visit.
- After we receive your completed application, you are invited to attend the Massachusetts Approach to Partnership in Parenting (MAPP) training program. MAAP training sessions are held over several weeks. You will learn about the difficulties faced by the children in foster care, and how your family life will be impacted with the addition of a foster care child. MAPP covers topics such as communication, building self-esteem, child guidance and discipline.
- One of the MAPP Social Worker will visit you in your home, meet you and other household members, and will request references from you. Following the visits and reference checks, the Social Worker prepares a Home Study document. This document details your family’s strengths as well as its challenges and limitations.
- When you have successfully completed MAPP, a homestudy is conducted for one or more children. When your family is approved, your home becomes licensed. Placement decisions are based on matching the needs of the children and the extent to which a licensed home can meet those needs.
What is licensing?
By law, all adoptive and foster homes in Massachusetts must be licensed, effective October, 1999. A licensed home is one that meets the requirements and standards set by the Department. Children's Services of Roxbury (CSR) conducts home studies and verifies that household members meet the ten hours per year training requirements to maintain licensing. To meet your annual training requirement, you may take classes sponsored by CSR or you may attend approved classes from other sources
For more information, please contact Adriana Cordero Raines at (617) 445-6655 ext. 261