Why be a Resource Parent?

KYJO Foster Family Agency (FFA) was licensed in the State of California to place children in caring foster homes in December 2012. KYJO FFA equips foster parents and staff members with the tools and resources to provide the proper care for children in need. Every child deserves a stable, healthy, and loving home. A resource parent gets a chance to:

  • Have a positive role in a child’s growth and development
  • Accept a child as their own family member
  • Become the individual that a child can trust and that understands them.
  • Meets the child’s needs.

Children Needing Placement Include:

  • Boys and Girls
  • Infants to eighteen years
  • Sibling groups
  • Children with behavioral needs

KYJO Services for Foster Parents:

  • KYJO holds the license, certifies the homes, and contracts with resource parents
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • In-service training
  • Small Social Worker case loads
  • Resource Parent Support Groups
  • 24 hour crises, on –call services
  • Tax-free financial support
  • Transportation assistance
  • Assistance with house supplies from Bed Bath & Beyond, Food bank, Home Depot, and the Disney store.

Foster Child Services:

  • Weekly to bi-weekly social worker visits
  • Trained and experienced mental health professionals
  • School support
  • Family reunification support
  • Holiday socialization activities

You can make a difference in a child’s life!

Foster Parents are our most valuable resource.  Statewide the term Foster Parent has been replaced with Resource Parent.  Resource Parents open their hearts and homes to our most vulnerable children.  They provide security and stability until the child can safely return home or find their forever family.  Make the difference…become a Resource Parent for a child in need and experience the rewards of a lifetime.

Minimum Requirements

  • May be married or single
  • May have children of their own at home
  • May live in a house or apartment
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Must have a working telephone at all times
  • Must have an automobile in good mechanical condition
  • Must have automobile insurance
  • Have a valid California’s license
  • Willing to commit to one year of foster parenting
  • Able to support child for the first 30 days of placement
  • Live within a two hour drive from Fresno County

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I learn more about becoming a foster parent?

The first step to becoming a resource parent is to attend a resource parent orientation. Call to schedule an appointment with our KYJO Trainer at (559) 681-2593.

What are the minimum requirements for becoming a foster parent?

  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • May be married or single
  • May live in a house or apartment, rent or own
  • Must have a working car in good condition, driver’s license, & car insurance.
  • Be able to support child for first 45 days of placement

What is the application process?

  1. Attend an orientation
  2. Fill out application packet
  3. Set up a home inspection
  4. Get your fingerprint clearances
  5. Health screening & TB test
  6. Attend Trauma-Informed Care Training (provided by KYJO)
  7. Attend a Guide to Becoming a Resource Parent Training (provided by KYJO)
  8. CPR/First Aid certification (Provided by KYJO)
  9. Completed Water Safety Training (Provided by KYJO)

Why should I become a foster parent with KYJO?

  • Offer free training to our applicants/foster parents
  • Small Social Worker caseloads from experienced Social Workers
  • 24 hour crisis/on call services
  • Transportation assistance
  • Opportunities to participate in agency-wide activities

Do I get paid for taking in a child?

Resource parents do not get paid, resource parents do get a tax-free reimbursement. Reimbursement money is to be used for the child’s food, clothing, toys, educational supplies, activities, allowance and personal hygiene items.

How do I get my home ready?

  • Smoke Detectors- Bedrooms, near kitchen and living area
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • First Aid Kit
  • Swimming Pool- 5 ft. gate or pool cover

How long does the process take?

The process can take 2-4 months, the time frame depends on how quickly the prospective parents get things done.

Want More Information?

Interested in learning more about becoming a resource parent? Contact us today to schedule an orientation with our KYJO Trainer, Sienna Curtin. During this orientation we will explore the benefits of becoming resource parents, what services are available to resource parents, and the incredible need within our community for competent, caring families to make a lasting impact in the lives of kids.

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