It’s amazing how rewarding being a foster parent can be!
Our message for you is clear: You can do this.
Maybe you’ve considered the possibility before, but maybe it seemed overwhelming or life simply got in the way of taking the next step. We would like you to know that being a foster parent may have its challenges, but the rewards are truly profound. And, we will be there with you each and every step of the way. We hope that you will contact us to have a conversation with a specialist with the Healing Homes program. No commitment. No pressure. Let’s find out if it’s right for you.
About Healing Homes
With more than 100 years of service in Western Massachusetts, we are the trusted resource in providing temporary and permanent families for children in need. We work with potential foster parents, educating them on the process and what you can expect. When you choose to become a foster parent, we will be with you every step of the way. We provide education on the process and what you can expect. Becoming a foster parent is a choice to make a profound impact on a child’s life. You will have the full support of our professional team. We provide you with the tools you’ll need with extensive training. Meanwhile, we take the time to learn about you, so we can recommend the right fit between you, your family and your foster child.
Your Foster Family
When you become a foster family, you have made the choice to establish a vital base of support for a child who has experienced familial and personal challenges. As a foster parent, you are an integral part of the solution for a child to realize his or her potential. Our support team includes the Healing Homes social worker, a social worker from the state,the child’s therapist, school personnel and other service providers. Together, we create a plan and meet on a regular basis.
Financial Support & Benefits
Foster parents are provided with a minimum tax-free stipend of at least $375 a week. All foster children receive full medical and dental benefits, a quarterly clothing allowance, birthday and Christmas/holiday funds. We also provide limited funding for activities such as summer camp, music lessons, sports and after-school programs.
The Healing Homes program provides all the support you will need, including:
- 30 hours of pre-service training
- Pre-placement visits to your home by the child and family resource worker
- Weekly visits by our social worker
- 24-hour emergency on-call staff
- Monthly training and support groups
- Clinical services by licensed professionals
- Seven days of paid respite per year
We are looking for families who are caring, competent committed adults. We look for:
- Both single and two-parent families
- Families with or without children of their own
- Homes with the physical space to accommodate for the needs of your foster children
- Families who have the ability to meet the needs of children
- Diversity in all respects
After Foster Care – Youth Permanency Connections
What happens when a foster child turns 18? According to the National Resource Center for Youth Services, more than 20,000 adolescents exit the foster care system each year without full preparation for adulthood. The transition to adulthood can be difficult to navigate, especially for youth in their late teens or early 20s who have spent most of their lives in state care. BCF recognizes the unique issues that our youth “aging out” of the system face – including homelessness, unemployment, incarceration, early pregnancy and substance abuse. Together with community partners, we provide resources and support designed to prepare them for their future as confident, self-sufficient adults in our community. Through Youth Permanency Connections, BCF staff will work with a young person keep them connected through our family of support. For more information: mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Foster Families:
In Their Own Words