FAQ

What are the requirements to become a Plummer foster parent?
Who are the children in Plummer Foster Care?
What type of support does Plummer Foster Care provide to foster families?
What is involved in the process of becoming a foster parent?
What does the homestudy/foster home assessment consist of?

What are the requirements to become a Plummer foster parent?

  • Foster parents can be married, single, or living together
  • Foster parents can be any race, gender, or sexual orientation
  • Foster parents must be at least 25 years old
  • Families may either rent or own their home/apartment
  • One adult in the home needs to be able to communicate in English
  • Foster families will need to participate in background checks & finger printing
  • One foster parent must have a valid driver’s license and access to transportation
  • Foster parents are able to work in addition to parenting their children. If both parents work, an approval can be obtained
  • The foster home will need to pass standards set forth in state regulations, including having smoke/carbon monoxide detectors

Who are the children in Plummer Foster Care?

  • They are referred to Plummer Foster Care by The Department of Children and Families (DCF)
  • They range in age from 0-22
  • All children/youth in foster care have experienced some level of trauma
  • They come from variety of cultural and racial backgrounds

What type of support does Plummer Foster Care provide to foster families?

  • 24-hour on-call accessibility
  • Social workers are assigned to support the child and family
  • Pre-service and In-service training
  • Respite care – alternative care providing respite due to the foster family requiring alternative care for illness, travel, or just to get a break
  • Reimbursement for room & board/mileage, as well as other needs with pre-approval
  • Children in care are usually eligible for Medicaid that covers all medical, mental, and dental health needs. Foster parents are not responsible for a child’s medical expenses.

What is involved in the process of becoming a foster parent?

  • The first step is to call our Recruitment Specialist, Jennifer Knapp-Hernandez- 978-935-9691, or attend one of our information sessions listed on our webpage here.
  • The Recruitment Specialist will describe our programs, the process, and answer questions
  • An application packet will be brought to your home visit or mailed to you
  • Background checks will be conducted on all household members 15 years and older; medical, personal, and employer references are required
  • Plummer Foster Care invites the family to attend pre-service training called the Massachusetts Approach to Partnership in Parenting, or MAPP
  • A home study starts after MAPP is completed
  • Experienced Plummer foster parents are available to answer questions and provide support throughout the process
  • Matching begins

What does the homestudy/foster home assessment consist of?

  • The family resource worker will meet with you and your family in your home to discuss personal history, family, and home life
  • Families sometimes get anxious about this part of the process. However, it is important to know that Plummer social workers are not looking for a “perfect” home or family. We want to get to know you so that we can make the best match for a child and for you/your family.
  • Plummer social workers work together with foster families to decide what kind of child would be the most suitable match for your family. For example, would a teenager or a younger child work the best with your family dynamics, schedule, etc.?
  • All licensing requirements must be met before a foster parent license is issued. Because of the time necessary to meet all of the requirements, including various inspections and the necessary training, it typically takes sixty (60) days or more to become a licensed foster care provider.
  • A Plummer staff person or experienced foster parent is with you every step of the way!