Short Term Commitments that make a big difference
Many people are not aware of the many ways they can help the next generation even if they aren’t able to take children for long terms.
If you are a single person, a couple or a family there are ways to help that fit your availability, home dynamics and support system that you may not be aware of. Often it is simply a matter of knowing something can be done and how to get started. To start the programs that I’m about to list, contact Child Protective Services and they can direct you.
The Foster Care System is made up of Child Protective Services which goes by different names depending on the state you live in. An internet search of ‘Child Protective Services’ should bring up the agency in your state or simply call the non-emergency police number, they will know how to reach a the agency so you want to reach so you can get started. Here are a few of the ways to help without becoming a long term foster parent.
Emergency Placement Care Homes receive children right after DCS has had to removed the child/children from their home before long term care family is located. This is a short term commitment lasting 3-10 days depending on availability for the age of the child/children needing a place.
Deciding what age of child/children will come to your home is up to your household. If you are someone that connects better with a baby then a teenager or vise versa, your application will show the age you are accepting. If you are not available to take a child/children when they call you can say, not this time.
Another group that is outside of the DCS or Child Placement services and are the voice for the child in the court house. CASA and guardian ad litem (GAL) volunteer programs. CASA/GALs are appointed by the judges to advocate for abused or neglected children. This helps avoid children getting lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many of the children, their CASA/GAL volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their life.