The short-term goal is to meet the physical and emotional needs and well-being of foster children as members of the foster family. This includes integrating the child into his or her foster home and community. The Proteus Foster Family Agency is dedicated to turning those tragic beginnings into happy endings for these children. The major emphasis is on a therapeutic setting within the Foster Family home designed to meet the educational, social and psychological needs of each child. The children are thoroughly screened to determine appropriateness for placement in a Certified Foster Family Home through a review of educational, social, psychological and psychiatric records. Those identified as appropriate for Foster Family placement need a caring and loving home, in which the foster children can grow and develop. The long-term goal is, whenever possible, reunification with the child's natural parents.
What is Foster Care
Foster parents provide a supportive and stable environment for children who have been victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment and who cannot live with their birth parents until family situations are resolved. In most cases, the foster parents work with social services staff to reunite the child with birth parents. Foster parents often provide care to many different children. The main goal of foster care is reunification, although it isn't uncommon for children placed in foster care to become available for adoption.
Foster Parent Preparation
Prior to certification, potential foster parents will participate in a 12-hour training program designed to develop appropriate skills to become a foster parents. As a foster parent with Proteus, you will receive on-going monthly training in a warm friendly environment. These training sessions cover a variety of topics related to foster parenting, such as, parenting skills, record keeping, child development, licensing and placement regulations.
Proteus FFA provides a wealth of supportive services to its foster parents to encourage and support them in the challenging task of parenting a foster child. Twenty-four hour on call support is also available to make the foster care experience positive and fulfilling for you and the child. Foster parents are also given monthly financial support based on the age of the child (up to $836 per child).
Fresno, Kings, Madera, and Tulare.
Make a monetary donation
To make a monetary donation, please make checks payable to Proteus Foster Family Agency. Please notate “FFA donation” on the notes line on your check. Mail checks to: Proteus, Inc., 1830 N. Dinuba Blvd., Visalia, CA 93291 or click here!