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HOPE Foster Care & Adoption

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About HOPE Foster Care & Adoption

HOPE Foster Care & Adoption is the private, faith-based foster care and adoption program of The Methodist Home. In addition to the children and families served through our residential program and community counseling program, The Methodist Home’s ministry extends to individuals and families who care for children in their own homes through foster care or adoption.

Foster care is meant to be a temporary service for children who are not able to live with their families.  Children and their families in need of foster care services have experienced trauma and significant loss.  Foster families with HOPE Foster Care & Adoption are specially trained and supported to meet the needs of children who have experienced trauma, and are equipped with the tools and skills needed as they support birth families on the road to reunification.

Adoption is the process by which a child legally becomes a family member.  HOPE Foster Care & Adoption recruits potential adoptive families to serve children who have had a difficult time finding their forever family.  These children include large sibling groups of three or more, children with unique behavioral and emotional needs, and teenagers.  Sadly, these children are often overlooked by prospective adoptive families, lingering in foster care for years.

The goal of HOPE Foster Care & Adoption is to recruit, train, and support caregivers as they provide children and youth with emotional and physical safety.  The experienced, professional team of case workers at HOPE Foster Care & Adoption provides foster and adoptive families with intensive training to help build their skills and confidence in parenting children who have experienced trauma.  HOPE Foster Care & Adoption case workers are always available, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to offer support and encouragement, as well as joining in the celebrations of the children served through HOPE.

If you would like more information on fostering or adopting with HOPE Foster Care & Adoption, please fill out our contact form.

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HOPE Leadership

Beth Greene

Director of HOPE Foster Care & Adoption

Beth Greene began working with HOPE Foster Care & Adoption during the program’s initial years, in 2004.  She worked as the Resource Developer for HOPE for five years, before transitioning to the Visitation Program with Lighthouse for Families.  After serving as a Family Coach in the Visitation Program for four years, Beth left The Methodist Home to add to her family and pursue her Master’s Degree.  Upon completion of her Master’s Degree in 2017, Beth returned to The Methodist Home to serve as the Director of HOPE Foster Care.

What is foster care?

Foster care is intended to be a support for families. It is a situation in which, for a period of time, a child lives with caregivers who are not the child’s biological parents. The goal of foster care is to protect children from further risk of harm, while supporting and strengthening the restoration of biological families.

What age do you have to be to foster?

You need to be 25 years old and 10 years older than the child placed in your home.

Do I have to be married to foster?

No, you do not have to be married to foster.

Do I have to own my own home?

No, you can own, rent or live in an apartment.

Do I get paid to be a foster parent?

Foster parents receive a reimbursement to cover the additional costs of adding another family member to the home such as increased utilities bills, higher grocery bills, transportation to and from school and appointments, and other associated room and board expenses.

What are the steps to become a foster parent?

The first step to become a foster parent is to attend an Orientation Meeting! If you decide to pursue fostering with HOPE, you will complete a comprehensive, ten-week training program that includes IMPACT, First Aid and CPR, and HOPE Foster Care & Adoption Policies and Procedures. Throughout training, you will engage in a mutually selective process with HOPE Foster Care & Adoption for a thorough home and family assessment that includes background checks and safety screenings, medical clearances, and references.

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