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One of our greatest needs is having enough foster parents to provide homes for the children that need our help.
As the number of children who come into our care increases, the need for foster parents increases too.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Attend orientation - 2nd Monday of every month
- Fill out an application
- Schedule interviews with our staff both at your home and our offices
- Check for criminal and protective services history and provide personal references
- Complete foster parent training
*This is not a complete list of steps to becoming a foster parent. It takes about 6 months to be fully licensed. Email us with additional questions.
- Provide a safe, clean, loving and secure home
- Monitor the child’s schoolwork
- Coordinate with the child’s social worker for visits with the child’s parents and provide or arrange transportation to counseling appointments, if needed
- Assuring that the children in your care feel safe, secure and accepted everyday
D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s provides all the training and assessment services in order to become licensed at no charge. Licensing through the state of Michigan takes about 12 weeks and includes interviews in your home as well as criminal and protective services checks, FBI fingerprinted, other forms and references. There is also orientation and training which is required to become a foster parent. The child’s social worker is always available to answer questions and address any concerns that arise.
You can view the current training schedules near the bottom of the Foster Parent Central page.
No. You may rent. Your home must be clean, safe and must always have a phone. Children of the opposite sex five years of age and older may not share a bedroom.
No. We gladly accept people regardless of their marital status.
Become a Foster Parent for Medically Fragile Children
At D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s, we believe that all children deserve a loving family and comfortable home. We believe in giving medically fragile children in foster care, the opportunity to feel the love and support of a family.
We are looking for foster parents who
- are caring couples and singles
- love children
- want to help
- understand the medical needs of these children
Requirements to be a foster parent for medically fragile children include:
- Must complete medical training (free of charge)
- Have a smoke free home
- Pet free home
- Back-up generator
*These requirements are unique to each child so not all placements would require all things listed above.
Who are our medically fragile children?
A medically fragile child is one who is dependent on life sustaining medications, treatments or equipment and has need to 24/7 assistance due to an accident, illness, congenital disorder or abuse and neglect.
Children who are considered medically fragile may have one or more of the following:
- Feeding tube
- Need assistance with oxygen
- Have a trach
- Take meds
- Use a wheelchair
- Require lifts
- Need in home nursing care
These children also:
- Long for the love of parents
- Have dreams and passions
- Deserve the love and warmth of a family
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Foster parents receive monthly payments for each child, based on a daily rate of reimbursement established by the Department of Human Services. These payments cover the cost of providing room and board, clothing and the child’s allowance. Medical coverage is provided through Medicaid or through the legal family’s insurance. The Department of Human Services also has day care funding available for foster parents who work outside the home. Medical, dental and psychological services are provided on site at D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s through our agency medical clinic. We also have a part time nurse on staff to assist with appointments and medical questions.