1 . Why do children need foster care?
Pathways of Nevada provides safe homes and compassionate foster parents for children who are removed from their homes due to neglect and or abuse. DFS must seek court approval for the removal if a child must be removed from home to be protected. Whenever the Department removes children from their home, attempts to identify family or extended family members are conducted for placement. If the Department is unsuccessful in its attempt to place a child with extended family, foster care is the alternative that offers the child a caring and stable home until they can either be reunited with their families or adopted. The safety of a foster home can often be the place where children begin to heal from the trauma they have experienced.
2 . What are the requirements to become a Foster Parent?
- Complete a foster parent application.
3 . What are some of the most important qualities for being a foster parent?
Pathways of Nevada is looking for people who feel ready to face the challenge of parenting...
You need to be a good communicator and problem solver; you must be able to express, accept and understand feelings - both yours and the child's. You need to have the ability to support the physical and emotional needs of a child in crisis. Having a sense of humor will also be helpful to you as a foster parent.
4 . How long do children stay in foster care?
The average stay is somewhere between three to eighteen months. The Department of Family Services feels very strongly that children should be with their parents whenever possible and works very hard with the child's parents to try to help this happen. When this isn't possible, the Department works to find an alternative, permanent family for the children.
5 . Is there any contact with the child's parents?
Contact with the biological parents is encouraged if contact has been approved by the child's caseworker. A Pathways team member will assist in assuring the contact is appropriate for both the family as well as the child(ren) involved. Parent involvement depends upon the court order and safety of the child(ren). Oftentimes there may be extended family members that may also have approved visitation.
6 . Who are the children in foster care?
Pathways of Nevada accepts children of all ages in foster care, from infants to older adolescents and from all ethnic and economic backgrounds. Pathways specializes in keeping siblings together in their foster homes to reduce the impact of sibling separation.
Foster parents are especially needed for:
- Sibling groups
- Older children and teenagers
- Children with special needs (developmental,educational and/or emotional)
- Medically involved children
- Infants and children under 4 years old
7 . Can I decide the age or gender of the child?
Yes. As part of the licensing process, you and your Pathways team member will decide together which children placed in your home would be the best match for your family.
8 . What about medical insurance and other expenses for foster children?
Yes. Foster children are covered by Nevada Medicaid and should not be placed on foster parents insurance coverage.
9. Do foster parents receive compensation?
Yes. Foster parents receive reimbursement for children in their care.