Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Who are CAFF foster parents?
CAFF parents can be single, married or co-cohabiting couples. They are financially stable, have adequate bedroom space and meet all state requirements including background checks. They have a love of children and believe in the unique potential of every child. They provide children with guidance, structure, supervision, safety, and discipline. CAFF parents appreciate being part of a supportive system of other parents and professionals working together to create changes in the lives of children.
- How do I become a CAFF parent?
Contact CAFF Trainer, Tiffany Polychrones by phone, 434-970-3735 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and introduce yourself. You will then be invited to attend an information session that will give you a brief overview of the process and our program. After attending the information session and completing an application you may be invited to complete approximately 27 hours of required pre-service training. During the pre-service training you will meet with a Family Assessment Specialist to complete a home study and other required paperwork.
- Who are CAFF children?
The children range in age from newborn to 18 years. These children represent a variety of racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Most sibling groups need to stay together. All of the children we work with are survivors of trauma in various forms and degrees, and as a result many of them also may experience:
- Behavioral problems
- Developmental delays
- Emotional problems
- School difficulties
- Challenges with attachment
In an effort to address trauma and its effects, each child is connected to a system of caring adults and additional resources including therapy. Many children remain connected to their biological families and other natural supports. All children possess the capacity to build on their resiliency skills and thrive.
- What is the goal of foster care?
Foster care is the provision of temporary care and services for a child who cannot presently be returned to their caregiver’s home.
- How long is temporary?
A child’s stay in foster care may be as short as overnight or it may be years. Some children in foster homes become available for adoption if they are not able to safely return home and there are no relatives able to raise them. Each child’s journey is unique and it is important to support the primary goal of foster care is for a child to be reunified with their family.
- Would a child's biological family be involved while a child is living in my home?
Yes, in most circumstances a child’s family remains involved with their child while they are in foster care. The CAFF Family Services Specialist and/or foster care Social Workers will help coordinate contact and visits. Regular contact with their biological families is very important. Foster parents have a big role in supporting a child’s connection with their family.
- How long does it take to become a CAFF parent?
It typically takes a family between three and four months to become a CAFF foster parent after completing all in-service training. The time can vary depending on how quickly families complete the requirements.