FOSTER CARE IN RURAL NEVADA
Foster care provides a family life experience, in a licensed home, for a child removed from their own home due to abuse and neglect. Foster parents are a critical part of the child welfare team. They support children in preparing them for reunification with their birth parents or for adoption.
Currently, there are roughly 400 children in Rural Nevada that are in foster care. Every day, more children and youth enter the foster care system and need safe, loving homes. Some of these children need a temporary place to stay while others need families willing to commit to their care for a lifetime. Without caring foster homes in each community of Rural Nevada, children removed from those areas must be placed in outlying communities, away from their family, friends, and everything that is familiar to them.
SOME IMPORTANT TIDBITS ABOUT PROVIDING FOSTER CARE
- You can be single, married or in a domestic partnership
- You can be a working or stay-at-home parent
- You can choose the age-range and gender of child you are most comfortable parenting
- You do not have to own your home to provide foster care
- For family foster care, you can be licensed for one to six beds, depending on space availability
- There are various types of care that may be more suitable for your specific situation:
- Respite Care
- Emergency Shelter Care
- Short-term Care (under six months)
- Long-term Care (over six months)
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
First, call the Rural Foster Care Recruiter at 888-423-2659. The recruiter can answer your questions and even get you started on the licensing process over the phone!
For Washoe County visit https://www.washoecounty.us/hsa/childrens_services/foster_care/index.php
For Clark County visit http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/family-services/fostercare/services/pages/FosterCareandAdoption.aspx
5-STEP LICENSING PROCESS
- Foster/Adoptive Parent Inquiry - a short telephone interview done over the phone to collect basic information about why you are getting licensed
- Pre-screen Process - a Pre-screen Packet will be mailed to you with all your background check paperwork
- Training Requirement - a 27-hour training is required for primary caregivers and provided by the agency at no cost
- Application Process - on the last day of training, the Application Packet will be handed out for you to take home and complete
- Home Study/Home Inspection Process - once all your paperwork has been submitted to the agency and processed, a licensing worker will contact you to schedule your home study visits
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE HOME INSPECTION
While there is typically no cost for a home study to be completed, there may be associated costs in getting your home ready for the home inspection. Every licensed foster and adoptive home must be able to pass a yearly home/regulation inspection.
For more information, please go to https://www.leg.state.nv.us/NAC/NAC-424.html and https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Division/Legal/LawLibrary/NRS/NRS-424.html#NRS424Sec040.
WHAT DOES A HOME STUDY CONSIST OF?
A home study consists of a series of interviews with all adults that live in the home, especially the primary caregivers. It concludes with a written report that the licensing worker creates about your family. It will include basic information drawn from interviews with your family and information provided by third parties.
Here are some of the items that will be addressed with primary caregivers:
- Family background
- Education and employment
- Relationships and social life
- Daily life routines
- Parenting Experiences
- Details about your home and neighborhood
- Readiness and reasons as to why you are getting licensed
- Approval and recommendation of children your family can best parent