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Foster Care Services

Foster a little hope. 

HOW IT WORKS

 

Most children enter foster care as a result of abuse and neglect in their home, and are able to successfully reunify with their family thanks to the hard work and commitment of their parents, their foster parents and the support from professionals.

We need to increase our pool of foster and adoptive families who are ready and able to care for children in need. We need families who can provide emergency care, short-term care, and those looking to adopt from foster care.

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  • WHO CAN BECOME A FOSTER PARENT?
    Any New Hampshire resident, aged 21 or older can apply to be a licensed foster parent. Singles and/or couples must have the time and energy to give to a child, complete the application and approval process, meet the rules for foster care and attend an orientation and mandatory training.
  • HOW LONG WILL MY CHILD STAY?
    The short answer is we don’t know. The child’s parent may be working to resolve problems or be in the process of having parental rights terminated. The child may be waiting for an adoptive home to open. The average stay is 12 to 18 months.
  • WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A FOSTER PARENT?
    Foster parents are asked to provide a safe, stable, temporary, and caring atmosphere for a child placed in their home. Foster parents become part of a team effort to support the child and implement the plans made for the child. This will involve working with biological parents, NFI Clinicians and Case Managers, courts, DCYF, and perhaps other involved agencies.
  • WILL NFI NORTH HELP ME ONCE I GET MY FOSTER CHILD?
    We know how big a job you’ve taken on, and NFI North won’t leave you alone. In addition to providing a counselor that supports the child and foster parent(s), we also provide 24-hour phone support. We provide an in-depth series of training classes before you even get your child, and there are regular foster parent support groups. You’ll still be nervous, but you’ll know NFI North will be by your side in the process.
  • WILL I HAVE TO BE IN CONTACT WITH THE CHILD'S PARENT?
    Your main partner in the care and decision-making regarding your foster child is your NFI North counselor. He or she will answer all your questions about what is allowed, such as if you can take the child on vacation out of state or move the child to a new school. However, because the goal for the child is reunification with a healed family, you may have a role in helping your foster child stay in contact with his or her parents. Your counselor will work with you to ensure this is handled in a way that works for you.
  • WHAT KIND OF REIMBURSEMENT DO FOSTER PARENTS RECEIVE?
    To help offset the cost of bringing a child into your home and to help with any travel costs, NFI North provides foster parents with a monthly reimbursement that is based on the number of children in their care and the special needs of those children. Foster parents must use this reimbursement to provide their foster children with food, clothing, school supplies, incidental expenses and a monthly allowance. Foster parents must also ensure that the child is allowed to participate in school and extracurricular activities such as sports teams or band — and pay any expenses for those activities. State programs provide medical care for the children.
  • WHAT IF I'M DOUBTFUL IF I CAN DO IT?
    Then you are normal! Most everyone who considers becoming a foster parent is nervous, that’s normal. But you wouldn’t be reading this if there wasn’t something telling you that this might be a rewarding and meaningful way you can make a difference in the life of a child who just needs someone to care. The best thing to do if you have doubts questions is to come to one of our information sessions and meet some real foster parents or speak directly to one of our counselors.
  • WHY MUST YOU HAVE A FOSTER CARE LICENSE TO BE A FOSTER PARENT?
    It is required by New Hampshire law. RSA 170-E:27 License Required: Prohibition Against Child Endangerment: No person shall establish, maintain, operate, or conduct any agency for child care or for child-placing without a license or permit issued by the department under this subdivision. RSA 170-E: 25 Definitions II. "Child care agency" means any person, corporation, partnership, voluntary association or other organization either established for profit or otherwise, who regularly receives for care one or more children, unreleased to the operator of the agency, apart from the parents, in any facility as defined in this subdivision.
  • I HAVE SOME MORE QUESTIONS. WHO CAN ANSWER THEM?
    You can call the Foster Care Specialist, Angela Monahan, at (603) 545-5709 or email Angelamonahan@nafi.com.
  • WHO CAN BECOME A FOSTER PARENT?
    Any New Hampshire resident, aged 21 or older can apply to be a licensed foster parent. Singles and/or couples must have the time and energy to give to a child, complete the application and approval process, meet the rules for foster care and attend an orientation and mandatory training.
  • HOW LONG WILL MY CHILD STAY?
    The short answer is we don’t know. The child’s parent may be working to resolve problems or be in the process of having parental rights terminated. The child may be waiting for an adoptive home to open. The average stay is 12 to 18 months.
  • WHAT IS THE ROLE OF A FOSTER PARENT?
    Foster parents are asked to provide a safe, stable, temporary, and caring atmosphere for a child placed in their home. Foster parents become part of a team effort to support the child and implement the plans made for the child. This will involve working with biological parents, NFI Clinicians and Case Managers, courts, DCYF, and perhaps other involved agencies.
  • WILL NFI NORTH HELP ME ONCE I GET MY FOSTER CHILD?
    We know how big a job you’ve taken on, and NFI North won’t leave you alone. In addition to providing a counselor that supports the child and foster parent(s), we also provide 24-hour phone support. We provide an in-depth series of training classes before you even get your child, and there are regular foster parent support groups. You’ll still be nervous, but you’ll know NFI North will be by your side in the process.
  • WILL I HAVE TO BE IN CONTACT WITH THE CHILD'S PARENT?
    Your main partner in the care and decision-making regarding your foster child is your NFI North counselor. He or she will answer all your questions about what is allowed, such as if you can take the child on vacation out of state or move the child to a new school. However, because the goal for the child is reunification with a healed family, you may have a role in helping your foster child stay in contact with his or her parents. Your counselor will work with you to ensure this is handled in a way that works for you.
  • WHAT KIND OF REIMBURSEMENT DO FOSTER PARENTS RECEIVE?
    To help offset the cost of bringing a child into your home and to help with any travel costs, NFI North provides foster parents with a monthly reimbursement that is based on the number of children in their care and the special needs of those children. Foster parents must use this reimbursement to provide their foster children with food, clothing, school supplies, incidental expenses and a monthly allowance. Foster parents must also ensure that the child is allowed to participate in school and extracurricular activities such as sports teams or band — and pay any expenses for those activities. State programs provide medical care for the children.
  • WHAT IF I'M DOUBTFUL IF I CAN DO IT?
    Then you are normal! Most everyone who considers becoming a foster parent is nervous, that’s normal. But you wouldn’t be reading this if there wasn’t something telling you that this might be a rewarding and meaningful way you can make a difference in the life of a child who just needs someone to care. The best thing to do if you have doubts questions is to come to one of our information sessions and meet some real foster parents or speak directly to one of our counselors.
  • WHY MUST YOU HAVE A FOSTER CARE LICENSE TO BE A FOSTER PARENT?
    It is required by New Hampshire law. RSA 170-E:27 License Required: Prohibition Against Child Endangerment: No person shall establish, maintain, operate, or conduct any agency for child care or for child-placing without a license or permit issued by the department under this subdivision. RSA 170-E: 25 Definitions II. "Child care agency" means any person, corporation, partnership, voluntary association or other organization either established for profit or otherwise, who regularly receives for care one or more children, unreleased to the operator of the agency, apart from the parents, in any facility as defined in this subdivision.
  • I HAVE SOME MORE QUESTIONS. WHO CAN ANSWER THEM?
    You can call the Foster Care Specialist, Angela Monahan, at (603) 545-5709 or email Angelamonahan@nafi.com.
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