Foster Care Background
Deep ties to family and community
Wellspring Lutheran Services foster care program provides services to children of both genders, ranging in age from 0-21 years.
Foster children can be dealing with many types of trauma including physical, mental, and sexual abuse, and/or neglect. Children in foster care may be experiencing a variety of educational difficulties including cognitive limitations, emotional impairments, and physical or health impairments. Many qualify for special education services.
While homes are needed for all ages and types of foster children, there is a strong need for foster homes that are able to take teens, sibling groups, and children with special medical or behavioral needs.
An extensive system of support services is provided. These include foster parent training, individual and family counseling for children, independent living services, behavior modification/therapy services when necessary for children, and case management services. In most locations, support groups are offered for foster parents. A Wellspring caseworker is assigned to each foster child and the caseworker is responsible for providing services to the child, the foster family, and the biological family. A foster care licensor is also assigned to each foster family to provide support and to ensure their needs are being met.
Potential foster parents will be provided with a minimum of 12 hours of pre-service training before placement of any children in their home. In addition, foster parents will be expected to participate in training throughout the course of their involvement with the program. Foster parents must comply with all federal and state laws, administrative rules, and the foster care policies of the Wellspring foster care program. Ongoing training of six hours per year for each person on the foster care license is required. Crisis intervention services are available to resolve conflicts as they arise with a foster care placement. Contact information will be provided to access the on call worker after hours and on weekends.