PERSAD Center’s Foster Care program is guided by the idea that both LGBTQ identifying children and parents deserve safe, loving homes. We serve all children, yet recognize that LGBTQ youth often experience the trauma of family rejection and homelessness, so we are dedicated to ensuring their health, safety and welfare. At PERSAD Center, we know that families are defined in many different ways and come in diverse shapes and sizes. Our broad range of services help families create home environments defined by love, dignity and respect. PERSAD works with married, single or partnered people of all sexual orientations, genders, races, ethnicities and religions who have a desire to help a child succeed.
WHAT IS FOSTER CARE?
Caring for a child or teen until their parent(s) can resume full responsibility, or until another permanent home is found. Foster Parent(s) make a commitment to help a child or teen through a difficult period, provide love and guidance, and then let go.
HOW DO I BECOME A FOSTER OR ADOPTIVE PARENT?
There are several steps to become a certified Foster Family (also known as a Resource Family). The first step is to attend an orientation session at PERSAD Center where you will be able to ask questions and learn about the requirements. Foster orientation sessions take place the first Wednesday of each month, 6:00-7:00 PM at PERSAD Center in Lawrenceville. To start the process, contact Coley Alston at (412) 441-9786 ext. 358 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
Certification takes 2-3 months, typically.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
PERSAD Center does not charge agency fees as part of our certification process. You will be required to provide documentation of your financial stability, demonstrating your ability to provide for a child in your home.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?
Resource Families (Foster Parents) must be at least 21 years of age, demonstrate proof of income, undergo criminal background and child abuse background checks, and complete pre-service training and certification. PERSAD Center also requires that Resource Families are accepting and affirming of LGBTQ identities – and do not believe these identities are pathological, unnatural, evil or in need of being changed.
WHO ARE FOSTER PARENTS?
Foster Parents are individuals or families who have a desire to help a child succeed. They represent all sexual orientations, genders, races, ethnicities, & religions and can be partnered, single, or married.
To learn more about becoming a foster parent and PERSAD Center’s Foster Program, contact Coley Alston, MPH: email@example.com or 412-441-9786 ext. 358.