• I'm nervous about being a Foster/Proctor parent, should I be?

Being a Foster/Proctor parent is not easy but can be very rewarding.  You have to be willing to open up your home and heart to a child in need.  If you feel unsure, you're welcome to give us a call and quiz us on your concerns.  We promise that you'll make a difference in a child's life if you love them and you're willing to give them a chance. 

  • I have always wanted to be a Foster parent but am worried the process to become one is really hard, what should I expect?

We have tried to make the process of becoming a Foster/Proctor parent as clear and organized as possible.  Filling out the application is the fist step.  Once we receive that, we'll send you a detailed list of all the steps you'll need to complete.  We provide quite a bit of training to help you prepare.

  • When do we make our final decision about having a child come into our home?

You will have a chance to meet the child prior to placement in your home to ensure the child is a good match for your family.  You can make your decision at any point in the application process. 

  • What kind of kids will I have in my home?

The kids that Synergy Foster places into homes are boys and girls in the custody of DCFS (Division of Child and Family Services) ages 3-18 years old.  Most of these children have experienced trauma in their lives.  This trauma may include, emotional, physical or sexual trauma.  The child placed in your home will work through the Synergy Foster Program and will regularly see a therapist.

  • What is the Synergy Proctor Program?

Synergy Proctor’s program is based on three focus areas: Stabilization, Development and Transition.  Within each phase, the child will individually work on identified goals associated with therapeutic focus areas.  Each child will self-identify goals with their therapist associated with each one of these focus areas.

  • Has the child been to other homes prior to being placed with us?

This will depend on the individual situation.  Some of these children will be new to Foster care and others will have been to many other placements.  Our goal is to minimize the placements for each child in care so they feel stability. ​​​​

  • How long will a child stay in my home?

The average stay is 6-12 months.​

  • Can I adopt the child?

This will depend on the individual situation but yes, this may be an option in some cases.​

  • How many foster kids can I have in my home?

You can be licensed to have up to 3 children in your home at a time depending on the number and sizes of the bedrooms in your home.​

  • I have some things in my past I'm not proud of, can I still be a foster parent?

We do a thorough background​ screen on every adult living in the home.  Our priority is the safety of these children.  If you have had any inappropriate assaultive or sexual behaviors in your past, you will not be allowed to become a Foster parent.  

  • How often do parents get paid?

Parents are paid each month.  Payment is calculated per day per child.  There is some compensation for clothing and mileage as well.

  • Does one parent have to stay at home?

One parent needs to provide constant supervision when the child(children) is home.​

  • Who do I call if there is a problem with a child in my home?  Is there support for this?

We want to ensure that you feel comfortable with your situation and that you are able to obtain needed respite.  ​If you have a problem, we have staff available to help you when needed. You can also apply to be a respite home to assist families in their respite needs. 

  • Why should I go through the hassle of becoming a Foster/Proctor Parent?

Becoming a Foster/Proctor parent is definitely a personal decision.  Opening up your home and heart is not easy and it will take some preparation and time but you'll have the chance to get to know other parents, learn a lot about yourself, learn more about parenting and you'll get the benefit of being able to be a part of some amazing kids' lives.

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