When children experience abuse, neglect, or other hardships, they may need to be temporarily placed outside of the home to stay safe and well. Foster parents step up to be the difference for these children by providing them with temporary care while we work with their families to access tools and supports to create safer environments for their children.
Foster care provides temporary care of a child or children while supporting family and agency efforts to reunify the parents with their children. Most children served by the agency remain at home, but for those children whose safety requires temporary removal, the goal is always to reunite the family.
Logan County needs foster families to serve children of all ages and their families. The children most in need of your help are adolescents, siblings who wish to stay together in foster care, and children with special needs.
How We Partner with Foster Parents
It takes a team of people to provide support for children and youth in foster care. Our goal is to work cooperatively with biological families and foster parents to keep families together. We help by:
Supporting biological parents in achieving their goals so they can be reunified with their children
Providing a dedicated worker to help foster parents navigate the certification and placement process
Offering ongoing training for foster parents to build skills and abilities
Connecting foster parents with experienced mentors, support groups, and social events
Providing reimbursements to foster parents for many of the costs of caring for the children
How to become a Foster Parent
To be considered as a certified foster parent in Logan County, you must:
Be 21 or older
Be physically and emotionally healthy
Be financially stable
Be a US citizen or resident, and
Complete foster and kinship provider training
Submit your application
Complete the home study
Complete your certification
Pass the background check
Foster parents come from all walks of life.In addition to the requirements above, foster parents are generally patient, kind, and have a passion for improving the lives of children and youth. When you attend our Foster Care Orientation, you'll learn more about what it takes, including the benefits and the challenges of being a foster parent.
To begin the process, please click here to register for the next available orientation.
For more details about the process, please contact the Logan County Department of Human Services
Many foster parents hold the hope of adopting a child. For some foster families, this is possible. All families are initially certified exclusively for foster care. In the event that a child or children in their care is unable to return to her/his parents, that foster home may be asked to be the permanent family for the child or children.
Adoptions of children in our care typically occur only after every measure is exhausted to keep them safely with their parents. When that cannot happen, we may seek to place those children permanently with one of our foster parents.
We are the only public source for adoption in Logan County. All of our adoptive parents must start with our agency as foster parents.
Who are the kids?
Children and teens who are waiting for a family are a lot like the kids who you already know. Kids are resilient. Even when they’ve experienced toxic stress, like child abuse or neglect, they can overcome and reach their full potential with help from the community.
Adoption is child-focused.
The goal of adoption is to find the right family for a child, rather than to find a child for a family.
Most children who are adopted are adopted by their foster families. However, there are many more young people who are still waiting.
Children of every age are waiting for a family, but the average age of a child on the Colorado Heart Gallery is 13.
Kinship care simply means family and/or friends of the children can become foster parents or “kin providers." As kinship providers, they agree to nurture and protect children who are in current or impending danger with their parent(s) or caregivers. Because they share close ties, kinship providers can care for children in a way that respects cultural values and helps maintain significant relationships in a child’s life. When a child or youth is in need of out-of-home placement, we always look first to place a child with kin.
Children who are eligible must have a current open case and their temporary custody is with the Department of Human Services. The Department’s goal is to place children with relatives or close family friends whenever it is safe and appropriate to do so.
Kinship care may be formal and involve a training and licensure process for the caregivers, monthly payments to help defray the costs of caring for the child, and support services. Kinship care also may be informal and involve only an assessment process to ensure the safety and suitability of the home along with supportive services for the child and caregivers. Approximately one-fourth of the children in out-of-home care are living with relatives.
Kin: The First Choice for Placement
When a child or youth is in need of out-of-home placement, kinship care providers are always our first choice. Kinship care is preferred because:
Children stay within their families, which helps ensure meaningful emotional and cultural support.
It minimizes the trauma of out-of-home placement.
It supports and strengthens families' abilities to protect their children and to provide a safe and stable home.
Experience has shown that children in kinship care do better at coping with the challenges of being removed from their homes, and that they are successfully reunited with their parents sooner than if they were moved to another type of placement.
Here is some additional information: