Below is a list of some of our most commonly asked questions by potential
foster parents. Specific questions can be answered by your
family developer at training.
Do I have a say in the child(ren) placed in my home?
Yes, Aspiranet works with each family to determine who they believe they can
best care for in their home. Its important to remember that the majority of
foster children are teenagers or siblings who sometimes have medical, emotional
or mental health needs. A foster parent has the greatest chance of making an
impact in a child’s life when they are open to bringing a variety of children
into their home.
How long does it take to become an Aspiranet foster parent?
It typically takes a family between three and six months to become an
Aspiranet foster parent. The time can vary depending on how quickly a family
completes the requirements.
Can anyone be an Aspiranet foster parent?
Aspiranet encourages you to consider becoming a foster parent. And there are
certain requirements that all families must meet prior to becoming a foster
parent. An example of these requirements are: financially self sufficient, have
adequate bedroom space and meet all state required criminal clearances.
Aspiranet staff work closely with each family to assist them in completing the
steps towards becoming foster parents.
Would a child’s family be involved while a child was living in my home?
Yes in most circumstances a child’s family remains involved with their child
while they are in foster care. The first priority for most children in foster
care is to be safely reunified with their families. For most children in foster
care their families improve their situation and they can return home. Regular
contact with their families is important. Foster parents have a big role in
supporting a child’s connection with their family. Involvement between a child
and their families is most often through regular visits. Aspiranet staff will
work with foster parents on their role in supporting a child’s connection with
How will Aspiranet help me if I have a child with difficult behaviors?
Many of the children in foster care come with special medical, emotional or
behavioral needs. When a child is placed with your family, Aspiranet shares all
information available regarding the needs, behaviors and habits of the child.
The Aspiranet Social Worker works with foster parent and other adults involved
with the child in determining the needs of each child and then helps the group
in developing a plan that best addresses those needs. Some children need
additional services and support and the Aspiranet Social Worker will work with
each family and child to identifying and secure other services.