Resource parents needed by Pike County Children and Youth Services

Milford. Resource parents, previously called foster parents, are increasingly needed in Pike County. Those interested must have certain qualifications.

| 20 Sep 2022 | 09:39

Because of increasing need, Pike County Children and Youth Services (C&Y) is seeking people to serve as resource parents, formerly known as foster parents.

Resource parenting is a service that provides a family life experience in an approved household for children who temporarily cannot remain in their homes. The basic purpose of a resource parent is to provide a safe, nurturing environment, to promote the child’s maximum growth and development, to work toward achievement of the permanency goal of the child.

“Being a resource parent is a rewarding experience,” says Carla Brown, Resource Parent Coordinator. “Resource parents have the opportunity to make a real difference in a child’s life at a time when they truly need it.”

To become a resource parent, you must meet the following criteria:

- Be at least 21 years of age

- Be a U.S. Citizen

- Obtain criminal history clearances, child abuse clearances, and FBI clearances

- Pass a physical examination; be free from communicable diseases and be able to handle stress

- Be successful in managing your own family life and finances

- Possess patience and understanding for the needs of children of all ages

- Acquire 6 hours of training

Resource parents will receive training and support from C&Y staff throughout the placement. In addition to support, resource parents will receive a daily stipend for each child in your care to assist with living expenses.

If interested in learning more about becoming a resource parent, contact Carla Brown, Resource Parent Coordinator at (570) 296-3446. The agency will answer any questions about the program.