A note from our Executive Director:
We currently do not have enough foster homes in the Alexandria Region and we need foster parents now more than ever! If you have ever considered becoming a foster parent, I urge you to take the next step and begin your foster care journey. My husband and I have been foster parents for over 4 years and have fostered 5 children whose ages range from newborns to 22. The children that have entered our home have added SO much value to our family. It has not always been easy, but it has been the greatest privilege of my life and I am thankful for the ways that it has shaped our family. When we started our journey, our biological children were four and seven years old, and I worried about how it would affect our children. I can say without a doubt, it has changed their hearts and molded their futures for the better. If you’d ever like to talk about foster care, send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in fostering temporarily, or fostering to adopt, you will first need to become a Certified Foster Parent and will begin the process by completing a new foster parent orientation. Orientations can be completed through The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) OR The Louisiana Baptist Children's Home (LBCH). For orientation with DCFS, please see the schedule and information below. For orientation with LBCH, contact Kelli Roberts at 318-229-7238 or email her at KRoberts@lbch.org. After orientation, you will be contacted by Crossroads NOLA to attend classes. Certification classes are hosted virtually. There has never been an easier time to be a foster parent! If you feel called to foster care, please call today!
If you are just starting out on your foster care journey, we would LOVE to give you a book called "The Foster Journey" created by CAFO.
We have free copies at Fostering Community. It is an incredible resource for new or prospective foster parents.
You can also visit the DCFS website to learn more.
- Orientation - Informational meeting to provide an overview of the agency and the foster/adoption programs.
- Application -The beginning of the certification process and a requirement to proceed.
- Fingerprinting - Every applicant and adult (over the age of 18) in the home will be fingerprinted.
- Pre-Service Training - Training generally consists of seven three-hour sessions. All spouses must complete pre-service training to be certified. Children are not allowed at training.
- Home Study - During training, caseworkers will conduct a series of interviews, home visits, a safety and fire inspection and additional paperwork. During this process, you will become familiar with the Home Development Worker.
- Placement - After you are certified, a child or children will be placed in your home. This may happen immediately or may take longer, depending on what age and type of child you are able to care for. The agency will try to place children with you that match your strengths and preferences. You can always refuse any placement you are offered. During the certification process, you will explore what age(s), gender(s), race(s), number and type(s) of child(ren) you are able to care for and you will be certified accordingly.