Interested in Becoming a Foster Family?

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From toddlers to teenagers, our young people in foster care offer you and your family a unique and rewarding opportunity. Celebrate their strengths and assist them in overcoming their obstacles. Help keep brothers and sisters together or give children with disabilities and special needs the care they deserve.

If you have love to share and room to offer, you can help children and teens in challenging situations grow, learn and thrive. As a foster parent, you will work closely with others to help the child or teen in your care achieve his or her full potential and recognize a future full of hope.

Reach out to Kristy DeAnda at (970) 400-6849 or email fostercare@weldgov.com.

 

What are our current needs?

Although we're always recruiting loving families for our young people in foster care, our most pressing needs currently are:

  • Families to care for teenagers
  • Families to care for sibling groups
  • Families to care for children with higher needs (complex mental health needs, medically fragile and offense-specific)

Who can be a Weld County foster parent?

We understand that love and families come in many different shapes and sizes. Whether you’re single, married, widowed or divorced, currently with or without children, homeowner or renter, you can be a foster parent for Weld County. Our focus is to find foster families who are patient, loving and able to provide a safe, nurturing home.

Basic requirements:

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Citizen or legal resident of the U.S.
  • Financially stable (your family’s present needs are consistently met)
  • Must be able to pass a background check and home study

What is the role of a foster parent?

Role of foster parent Foster parents provide nurturing and supportive homes in which the children’s emotional, physical and social needs can be met while issues and concerns in the biological family can be addressed. Our intent is to safely reunify children with their families, so foster parents are expected to work closely with biological families (when possible), the Weld County Department of Human Services, guardian ad litem and service providers.

In addition, you must learn about the needs of the child or teen and receive ongoing training, as well as:

  • Provide a safe, stable, supportive home for young people in need
  • Model positive parenting and act as a mentor for biological families
  • Provide non-physical discipline
  • Provide transportation to appointments

What supports does Weld County offer?

When you partner with Weld County to become a foster parent, you are not alone. You join an entire network of people absolutely committed to you and your family’s success. Our team offers ongoing guidance and resources, tailored to your family’s specific needs, to help you provide the support our children and teens in foster care need to thrive.

Join our team and receive access to these resources:

  • 24/7 on-call staff support
  • An individualized treatment team
  • Networking and support groups
  • Ongoing free training opportunities
  • In-home consultations
  • Child care
  • Respite care
  • Annual appreciation/holiday events
  • Colorado Medicaid to cover the child
  • Clothing allowance
  • Mileage reimbursement for appointments
  • Monthly maintenance reimbursement for the care of the child (need-based)

How do you become a foster family?

The process to become a foster family requires the following:

  • Attend a Foster Care Orientation (check out our calendar to view upcoming orientations)
  • Submit your application
  • Complete foster parent training
  • Pass the background check
  • Complete the home study and home inspection
  • Receive certification