Local Department of Social Services - Case Management Teams
Resource families are supported by the local department of social service teams from Clarke, Frederick and Winchester City. Teams are highly trained to work for the best interests of the children. Case managers visit at least monthly with the child(ren) and family. Most case managers also see families in or around weekly visitation time and are also available by phone and email for questions and concerns.
CFW Resource Family and Coordinators
CFW resource family coordinators support families through training and education. They are responsible for the ongoing development and support of resource families. CFW coordinators actively support families caring for foster children with a visit to families within the first 5-10 days of placement and a minimum of quarterly contacts throughout. In addition, the coordinators are available during normal business hours by phone and email for concerns, questions or direction. They are an integral part of the support that families receive while they do the work of fostering. Resource family coordinators continue to develop you - the foster family - as an ongoing support.
Training and Resources
What if I encounter challenges and don't know how to handle them? CFW Resource Families have access to training opportunities and to a collection of resources, training, and foster family suggested sites. In addition to the preservice training, families are equipped through required readings, a lending library, online classes, monthly psycho-educational support groups, large group training two times a year, and other community training opportunities and regional conferences. Each individual is required to receive a minimum of 12 hours a year of ongoing education. In addition, seasoned resource families offer the "foster family perspective" starting in preservice and continuing on through placement.
Have you heard the myth that some families foster for the money? Fostering will not pay the bills. In fact, families must demonstrate their ability to manage their household finances prior to becoming a resource parent. However, the Local Departments of Social Services understand that the work of taking care of children does cost money. In addition, to a monthly stipend, children in care are given both Medicaid and child care so that working families can continue to work. Children who need therapy, mentoring and other supports receive that through special funding from the locality and state. Services for children do not come out of the resource families income.