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Foster Care & Adoption2024-06-04T14:25:49-06:00

Foster Care & Adoption

SKSF’s Foster Care & Adoption services place children (typical and special needs), into safe, loving, and caring homes.  We serve children of all backgrounds including diversity of ethnicities, ages, and situations. Though we serve all, we are distinctively positioned as the “go-to” agency supporting foster children with disabilities due to our integration and access to the full range of SKSF programs and services.

Special Kids Special Families is actively seeking individuals, couples or families who are willing to care for children and teens.  We have opportunities for both special needs and typical youth.

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Take a few minutes to view these foster parent videos, designed to provide insight, guidance, and support to individuals embarking on the rewarding journey of fostering.

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The SKSF Difference

  • Foster families under the supervision of SKSF, experience an exceptional amount of support and involvement from the staff to ensure the highest level of care possible.
  • SKSF maintains high standards and requirements for foster family provider applicants, utilizing best-practice protocols and ongoing evaluations.
  • Program staff thoroughly scrutinize applicant backgrounds, experience and suitability of each potential foster family seeking to join the SKSF program.
  • SKSF specializes in working with youth with disabilities. Staff are hired for their experience in working with children with disabilities and special needs. We receive ongoing training and work through the lens of this competency.
  • As part of our support, we complete home studies at NO COST for our families. This is a valuable benefit SKSF provides as home studies can range from $1000-$3000.

SKSF foster families are consistently considered among the very top of the industry and the staff’s due diligence in acceptance of new families has earned the program a reputation as one of the premier child placement services in the area.

The need for foster care parents is great! Thanks to our many foster families for sharing their inspirational stories and experiences with being foster parents!

Foster Care Support Services

SKSF is here to support you and the children through the foster care journey. Every journey is unique, but all families will have access and resources such as:

  • Respite care-temporary relief care and supervision of your loved one in your home or in the home of a respite care provider. Respite can range from a few hours, on a one-time basis, overnight or longer.
  • Extensive matching process that may include a staff person and/or a provider, this is to ensure that respite is a good experience for you and for your loved one.
  • Access to highly trained and experienced team of support members who are there to assist you.
  • Availability of local and state resources.
  • We offer 24/7 on call services for emergencies that occur outside of typical working hours.
  • Free training and certifications including QMAP and CPR/First Aid.
  • Community Connector services for children on the CHRP waiver.
  • Access to our Donation Closet providing access to essentials such as clothing, shoes, backpacks, and more!

There are many ways to make a difference! Learn more about how to get involved and help kids and adults with special needs.

 

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There are many ways to make a difference! Learn more about how to get involved and help kids and adults with special needs.

Foster to Adopt

Many of our foster families also desire to grow their family through adoption. Our foster-to-adopt services offer you the possibility to adopt foster children who reside in your home. Because SKSF is both a licensed foster care provider and a licensed adoption agency, we are uniquely suited to help you adopt your foster child if adoption becomes part of the child’s plan.

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You don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent.

  • You can be single or married.
  • You can own your home or rent.
  • You can be all genders, gender expressions or sexual orientations.
  • You can be an experienced parent or never had kids.
  • It does NOT matter if you are older or young.

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We all play a role in strengthening families. Become a foster parent today.

We encourage you to consider the opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life as a foster parent by contacting our program and asking questions. When you join us, we will assign you a Home Supervisor to help you navigate your continuing journey of foster parenting. You will receive ongoing support, training, and encouragement from your Home Supervisor.

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FAQs About Fostering & Adopting

Who can become a foster parent?2024-04-12T14:14:22-06:00

Special Kids Special Families is committed to inclusion. There are no restrictions on who can foster based on race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or marital status. Adoptive and foster parents must be at least 21 years old, pass a background check, complete training and receive a home study. Foster parents must be able to use sound judgment like a prudent parent and demonstrate a responsible, stable and emotionally mature lifestyle.

  • You can be single, married or have a domestic partner.
  • You can own or rent a home, condo or apartment of any size, but you must have room for a child.
  • You can work inside or outside the home. Couples with both partners working outside the home are also eligible to be foster parents.
  • You must be at least 21 years of age.
  • You must have sufficient income to support your family.
  • You must be able to physically care for a child or youth.
  • You must pass child abuse and criminal background checks required by state and federal laws.
  • You must be able to work with a treatment team and be willing to go to ongoing training.
Does SKSF only take children with developmental or intellectual disabilities?2024-03-25T07:22:45-06:00

SKSF takes children with all abilities however we do specialize in taking children with developmental and intellectual abilities.

What are the highest needs in the foster care system currently?2024-01-24T00:36:05-07:00

The highest needs in the foster care system right now is teenagers.  Teenagers can be the hardest to place because of some of the unique challenges they face such as coming out of detention facilities and other programs.  They also face harder challenges with their behaviors as most teenagers do.

Where can I get more information?2024-04-12T14:55:32-06:00

Feel free to contact us anytime with any questions or concerns you may have.  Contact an SKSF Foster Care Specialist at 719-447-8983 or email us at sksf@sksfcolorado.org.

What is foster care?2024-04-12T14:22:11-06:00

Foster care is the temporary placement of children and youth outside of their own homes. It happens due to abuse, neglect or other family problems. Foster care gives parents time to learn new skills to become the parents their children need them to be.

Are kids in foster care because they did something wrong?2024-04-12T14:58:45-06:00

No. Kids in foster care are regular children who, through no fault of their own, need to live temporarily outside of their own homes while their parents learn new skills and address safety concerns.

What is the role of a foster parent?2024-04-12T15:04:03-06:00

Foster parents provide a temporary safe, stable home for children who have experienced abuse and neglect and whose parents need time to learn new skills to become the parents their children need them to be. Foster parents care for and meet the meet the physical, emotional and social needs of children in foster care. The intent is to safely reunify children with their families. Foster parents are expected to work closely with parent, when possible, the county department of human/social services with legal custody, the Guardian Ad Litem and SKSF Supervisors.

Who are the children in foster care?2024-04-12T15:00:11-06:00

Majority of children enter foster care due to abuse, neglect or other family problems. Children and youth in foster care come from diverse ethnic and cultural populations and are generally birth to 18 years of age (sometimes teens stay in foster care after their 18th birthday). They may have special medical, physical, developmental, psychological and emotional needs, low self-esteem, poor hygiene or poor academic performance.  The child or youth may belong to a sibling group or be an only child.

Are foster parents paid to care for children placed in their homes?2024-04-12T15:01:29-06:00

Foster parents receive a monthly reimbursement to offset the costs of providing food, shelter, clothing and other related expenses. The rate varies and may depend upon the age of the child and their level of care they need. The foster parent is not expected to pay for medical or dental care. These expenses are generally covered by Medicaid.

Is there a limit to how many children I can foster?2024-04-12T15:03:01-06:00

Colorado rules allow up to four children or youth in foster care to live in a foster home at one time. There can be no more than eight children, including the foster parents biological children, living in the home. Space requirements, the foster family’s preference and the home study are all considered when determining how many children can live in the home.

How long are children in foster care?2024-04-12T15:06:06-06:00

A child or youth may be in foster care for one night, several months or, in come cases, several years. Every effort is made to reunify children with their parent. The time spent in foster care is dependent upon each parent’s situation and their ability to engage in services to keep the children or youth safe so that they can be reunited. Children may leave foster care to live with a relative or another adult with whom they have a significant relationship. This is called kinship care.

How is it determined where a child lives?2024-04-12T15:07:53-06:00

Ideally, placements are made with foster families based upon the compatibility of the child’s needs and the skills, resources and location of the foster parent. Human services agencies strive to find a foster home near the child’s parent’s home to encourage frequent visitation and involvement. Human services agencies also look for a foster family who lives near the child’s school or in the same school district.

What about contact with the birth families?2024-04-12T15:09:25-06:00

SKSF encourages contact between parents and foster parents based upon the treatment team’s recommendation. Sometimes “Icebreaker Meetings” are scheduled at the beginning of placement to allow the foster parents and parents to meet and focus on the needs of the child. Topics may include foods they like or dislike, interests, routines and other important information that will reduce the trauma and help with the transition into the foster home. Contact with the birth family can reduce anxiety and reduce loyalty issues for children in foster care. There are many levels of contact, which may include:

  • Sending written information about the child or youth.
  • Telephone calls.
  • Face-to-face contact.
  • Inviting and transporting parents to appointments.
  • Coaching on parenting techniques that work for the child.
Didn’t find the answers you were looking for?2024-04-12T16:29:03-06:00

If you aren’t sure about how to get started or just want to ask more questions, don’t hesitate to reach out.  Feel free to contact our Foster Care/Adoption department at 719-447-8983 or sksf@sksfcolorado.org.

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Special Kids Special Families services are made possible from community support of time, talent and treasure. In order to ensure services remain available and that no one is turned away for the inability to pay, please consider a donation. All self-pay options are competitively priced and 100% of proceeds serve resource-limited individuals and families.

We accept various payments including: private pay insurances, Medicaid, sliding scale self-pay, and all major credit cards.

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