In California alone, close to 56,000 children are in foster care right now – and at least a third of them will spend over a year in foster care. By becoming a Resource Parent, you have the opportunity to give foster youth in your community the love, care, attention and support they need and deserve as they go through this stressful period in their lives. You won’t regret this simple act of opening your home to foster youth in need – the vast majority of Resource Parents have warm, close relationships with the foster youth they generously bring into their lives, and just about every one would do it again.
What is a resource family?
Resource Family is the new term California applies to caregivers who provide out-of-home care for children in foster care. Resource families include individuals, couples and families. They may be related to the child, have a familiar or mentoring relationship with the child, or no previous relationship with the child. The term Resource Family is now used to describe all types of caregivers, rather than the various terms; Foster Parent, Adoptive Parent, Relative, or Non-Related Extended Family Member.
New Horizons’ Intensive Services Foster Care (ISFC) program provides specialized mental health and behavioral support services to children who have a history of complex traumas, psychiatric hospitalizations, and failed placements in the foster care system. Foster children in ISFC are provided with a treatment team consisting of a therapist, client support counselor and foster care social worker who provide interventions in the home and community utilizing trauma-informed care. Therapists on ISFC teams provide Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy as their primary treatment modality. The client support counselor offers individualized behavior modification and emotional support, mentoring and modeling skills for both child and foster parents. New Horizons’ ISFC social workers provide support for both child and foster parents, often advocating for the self-care, well-being, and continued training resources for ISFC foster parents’ continued personal growth. Foster parents are also provided with support from other ISFC foster parents both through individual consultations and during regularly scheduled foster parent support groups.