Thank you for choosing to change a child’s life! What an amazing opportunity and blessing you are experiencing. Upbring Foster In Texas (FIT) wants to help you make the care you are giving the best and most effective possible. To do this, we offer many opportunities for training and support to those fostering through FIT.
It is important that foster parents and their children have support and time to socialize, so each local office provides these services through the following:
- Monthly support groups, with rotating meeting times; dinner and childcare provided.
- Quarterly events such as a day at the zoo, an appreciation dinner, a back-to-school bash, etc.
- Teen workshops on things like healthy lifestyles and good financial practices.
Contact your local office and follow the FIT Blog for more details.
As soon as you chose to take the path of foster care, your training began. The great news? Your education as a foster parent does not stop there. Training and learning opportunities continue throughout the foster journey. FIT equips you with at least 30 hours of training each year:
- How to protect and nurture children
- Water safety
- Transportation safety
- Cultural diversity
- Medication administration
- Preventing sexual abuse
- Understanding basic child development and how trauma impacts development
- Understanding how trauma impacts thoughts, behaviors and emotions
Wraparound Healthcare for Kids
We want the children in your care to be as healthy as they can be. To achieve this, FIT provides wraparound care for all children in the program. This care is covered by Star Health through the Superior Health Network and includes things such as medical care, dental care, eye care and psychological care, if needed. Depending on the age of your child, WIC services may also be available. By partnering with FIT and Star Health, you can provide your foster children excellent healthcare without having to add them to your personal health insurance.
When you foster through FIT, you join a team of people dedicated to caring for your foster child. On this team is a family service worker (FSW) who is on call at all times. If you ever have a question or need to report an incident, simply pick up the phone and call the local on-call support line you were given in your training. This service is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for emergency consultation and services.
The on-call support number should be used when you have an after-hours question, or any time a serious incident occurs. A serious incident is a non-routine occurrence that may have dangerous or significant consequences on the care, supervision and/or treatment of your child. Some examples of on-call situations include: your child being admitted to the hospital, having suicidal thoughts, excessive tantrums, problems with visits, etc.
As a foster parent, you work hard, and like parents everywhere, you can get burned out. Every foster parent needs an occasional break to remain fresh enough to do this important job. At some point, you may also need someone to care for your child(ren) during times of family emergency. FIT provides you funds in which to pay for respite care. We give each family a “respite checking account” and deposit funds into it monthly—$40 for the first child and $30 for each additional child. You, as a foster parent, choose your respite provider(s) and pay them out of this account—after they clear criminal background checks. How and when you use respite care is up to you; however,we encourage you to use it often. It is important that you take care of yourself, so you can provide exceptional care to your child(ren).