Children have entered the foster care system due to abuse or neglect and are in the legal custody of the Philadelphia Department of Human Services. The children are then assigned to a Community Umbrella Agency (CUA) based on their community of origin.
CSI is a subcontractor to the CUAs and provides resource homes for the children. Foster care placement is seen as temporary while the CUA works with the parents or caretaker to correct the situation that brought the children into placement.
The children range in age from birth to 21 years old. They can be placed individually or in sibling groups.
The following step as must be taken to be approved as a resource foster/kinship parent with CSI:
1. Attend orientation.
2. Have physical home check inspection by agency worker for appropriate space and safety.
3. Complete Child Abuse, Criminal History and FBI clearances.
4. Complete several days of certification training (at the end of the interviewing process).
5. Concurrent with attending training sessions, a family profile worker will be assigned to complete a family profile.
6. Be available for emergency placements as children may be referred to the agency after normal business hours.
7. Complete a Disclosure Statement for Resource Parents and household members 14 yrs. and older.
1. Must be at least 23 years of age.
2. Pass an initial medical appraisal by a licensed physician prior to being approved. The appraisal must establish that you are physically able to care for children and do not have any communicable disease.
3. Complete a Child Abuse, Criminal History clearance, and FBI clearance.
4. Attend initial and annual training sessions. When caring for children with special needs, additional hours of training are required.
5. Meet with the assigned worker on a monthly basis to discuss the child (ren)’s adjustment, development and service planning.
6. Serve as a mentor to support family contact between the child (ren)’s birth parents and significant others.
7. Accompany child (ren) to regular medical, therapeutic and other appointments as necessary and submit supporting documentation to the assigned case manager.
8. Maintain a stable home environment. No more than a total of six (6) foster and/or own children under the age of 18 can live in the foster home at one time.
9. Follow the directives o the agency especially regarding state and CUA regulations and standards.
10. Participate as a member of a team with case manager and birth family members.