Becoming a Foster Parent with
Imagine Therapeutic Services
Foster Parents needed
• Are you looking for a challenge?
• Do you want to make a positive difference in the lives of young people?
• Do you want to work as part of a professional team?
What does it mean to become a foster parent?
Treatment Foster care is a way of offering children a safe, secure and nurturing place to stay while their family is unable to care for them. As a foster carer, you can choose from several different types of care placements ranging from emergency care, right through to assessment/triage, respite, longer term care including adulthood.
People from all walks of life can become fosterparents. It doesn’t matter whether you are in a relationship, older, younger, with or without kids, working or at home – everyone can make a positive difference in a child’s life.
We’re dedicated to offering a supportive environment for both children and fosterparents alike. This ensures better outcomes for everyone involved. As fosterparents you will be trained, provided with access to comprehensive ongoing support, and find fulfillment by making a difference in a child’s life. There are opportunities for foster parents to foster in their own homes or in one of Imagine’s Homes.
Roles and Responsibilities
The foster parent is responsible for the child’s daily needs as outlined below, but also works closely with members of Imagine Therapeutics team.
What does a foster parent do?
Provides for the daily care of the child.
• Provides food, clothing (adequate, clean and in good repair), shelter, personal care, hygiene
• Ensures safety and security of the child
• Encourages the child to participate in recreational and community activities and provides transportation to such activities
• Ensures that the child attends school, if age appropriate
Ensures the continued growth and development of the child.
• Provides nurturing, and unconditional caring
• Transports and accompanies the child to all health, dental, mental health appointments and school meetings.
• Gives the child respect as an individual and respects the child’s race, culture, and religion
• Instructs the child in good health and hygiene habits
• Investigates and encourages the development of the child’s special talents and skills
• Assists the child in attending religious services (as agreed upon by the child’s parent)
• Identifies and works towards assisting the child in overcoming his/her special needs
Builds a positive, supportive relationship with the child’s family.
• Respects the child’s feelings about his/her family
• Engages the child’s family in a relationship and offers the family support, encouragement and assistance
• Serves as a teacher and mentor to the child’s family
• Transports the child to and supports the visitation plan as determined by the court/agency
• Shares relevant information about the child to his/her family
• When possible, includes the child’s family in the child’s activities
Works in collaboration with other members of Imagine’s team
• Informs Supervisor of any special needs of the child including education, mental health treatment, health needs, physical needs, etc.
• Notifies the Supervisor and obtains permission before taking the foster child on trips of extended time or distance
• Closely observes and documents the foster child’s behavior in logs so that these can be clearly and specifically communicated to the child’s social worker
• Participates in regular consultations and Plan of Care meetings with the clinical team to discuss all issues regarding the child and his family and implement the suggestions resulting from the meeting
• Attends all official case conferences, administrative case reviews, and court hearings to offer input regarding the child
• Encourages and supports positive realtionships
• Informs the child that information the child shares with you may need to be shared with the social worker especially if the information could lead to harm to the child or others
• Respects and supports the final decisions made by the agency or court if they can be substantiated as in the best interests of the child.
• Follow through with helping the young person reach desired goals.