FBFC focuses on quality home-finding, certified and resource parent recruitment, extensive orientation and training, effective child and family placements, and intensive case management and referral services, all of which are defined as follows:
Quality Home Finding and Recruitment Services: Home finding and recruitment will be accomplished through advertising (brochures, community events, informational signs, etc.), and personal referrals. When contacted by a potential parent, the FBFC social worker supervisor will perform a home study evaluation to assess the suitability for providing quality care. The family structure and history will be assessed, family dynamics and basic routines will be appraised, and the family’s attitudes about parenting will be explored through interviews, personal narratives, letters of recommendation, and observations.
Extensive Orientation and Training:
FBFC’s orientation is designed to prepare potential certified and resource parents for the roles, responsibilities, and rewards of successful foster parenting. Potential applicants are made aware of the vision and philosophies to ensure that each minor and NMD placed with FBFC will have equal opportunities to succeed based on the goals set.
Effective Child and Family Placements:
Effective placements rely heavily on the thoroughness of the home study evaluation, sufficient training, and an accurate understanding of the minor and NMD’s needs. Identification of needs and how well these needs are being met will be assessed through observation by the assigned FBFC social worker in interviews with the minor or NMD, certified or resource parents, and reports from professionals who are working with the minors and NMD (such as teachers, health care providers, therapists or counselors). FBFC takes pride in making quality placements a priority and strongly believes in preventing the psychological damage many receive from mismatched, ill-prepared, or unsupported placements.
Intensive Case Management and Referral Services:
Once a minor or NMD is successfully matched and placed in their FBFC certified foster home (CFH) or resource family home (RFH), they will receive intensive case management services, such as weekly visits by the assigned FBFC social worker, continual monitoring of the minor or NMD’s well-being (including social, mental, medical, educational, and functional needs), referral for community services, provision of emergency assistance, facilitation of arranged family visits, and overall close monitoring and timely reporting of the minor or NMD’s progress while placed in FBFC.