Foster-parent training is offered |

Foster-parent training is offered

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One doesn’t have to work in an office, or know how to build houses in order to make a significant difference in El Dorado County. Remi Vista Inc. is offering training and certification to qualified adults for becoming foster parents.

A foster parent is someone who temporarily provides care for another person’s children until they can be safely returned to their parents. Remi Vista is beginning a 14-hour training program in November for a new cohort of adults interested in becoming foster parents. The training will include courses on parent-child attachment, childhood development, the effects of child maltreatment, the juvenile justice system, and effective parenting strategies. Classes will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 11 and Nov. 18 at Lake Tahoe Community College. There will be no charge for the training and all adults who RSVP are welcome to attend. Participants who complete the program will be eligible for certification as foster parents. The complete certification process also includes a criminal background check, home inspection, and an in-depth evaluation of family functioning and lifestyle.

The need for foster parents in El Dorado County is great. Every year, the county department responsible for the protection of children, El Dorado County Human Services, through their Child Welfare Services Department, investigates thousands of reports of suspected child abuse. In fact, according to the data report for the entire year, 2406 children in El Dorado County were referred to Children’s Services in 2005. Nearly one-third of those reports were found to be true after an investigation. Fortunately, many of these children can be protected without placing them into foster care by linking the families to needed resources in the community. Other families, however, need the help of foster care in order to address the problems that place their children in harm’s way.

In 2005 there were approximately 200 children in foster care homes within the county. Currently, many children from El Dorado County are placed in foster homes outside of the county because there aren’t enough available homes within the county to meet the need.

Remi Vista’s approach to foster parenting is to pursue the establishment of secure, permanent homes for children through strong parent-child attachments. The first goal is to help children reunite with their birth families as soon as is safely possible. When this isn’t possible, the goal is adoption. Foster parenting is therefore transitional in nature, i.e., helping children transition either back into their family home or into a new adoptive home. Sometimes, foster families themselves become adoptive families for the children. In any case, Remi Vista emphasizes the central importance of the foster parent-child attachment in helping make these difficult transitions a success.

The attachment is viewed as an essential ingredient for the child, which fosters healthy psychological development and satisfying relationships for the child as they mature into adults.

Once certified by Remi Vista, foster parents receive on-going education and support by Remi Vista social workers, therapists, and staff. Remi Vista foster parents are responsible for meeting all of the foster child’s emotional and material needs, but they receive a monthly reimbursement of their costs at a flat rate of between $700 to $850 per month per child.

Remi Vista is a private, nonprofit organization that has been providing therapeutic foster care, counseling services, and other social services in California for more than 30 years. Fueled by a Christian worldview and belief that God cares about families and is actively engaged in helping them, Remi Vista’s mission is to empower families to reach their maximum potential.

The Remi Vista motto is “Ambassadors of Hope.” Remi Vista does not discriminate based on age, ethnicity, religion, disability, or marital status. Anyone interested in participating in the November training with Remi Vista should R.S.V.P at (530) 295-3715 or for further information contact Shanda Givens at (530) 306-6559.

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