Provide care in your own home. Short-term or long-term commitments available. Short-term care ($80-125/day) is taxable while long-term care (starting at $1140 for children and $1500 for adults) is non-taxed. $250 sign-on bonus, training provided, and 24 hour on-call support. Transportation and driver's license required. Individuals may or may not have special needs.
Access Services is looking for compassionate families to share their lives with a local child or adult looking for a nurturing and supportive family environment. Learn how to become a Foster Parent and Host Family Provider today in Eastern Pennsylvania and change someone's life!
Make a difference in a child or adult's life by providing them with a caring, stable, long-term or short-term home as a foster parent. Support, training and monetary compensation are provided to those who are able to share their lives with an individual in need. When interested families learn how to become a foster parent, they not only enrich the lives of individuals needing a loving, stable environment, but their own personal perspective is widened.
Becoming a Foster Parent
Fostering provides the healing and nurturing a child requires within a family environment, in which we believe is the best place for any child to grow, develop, and flourish. Foster Parents take on the professional, yet loving role of healer and nurturer for infants, children, and teenagers who are in need of direction and stability in their lives. When it comes to foster care, we are the most supportive of foster parent agencies.
Becoming a Lifesharing Provider
As a Lifesharing Provider you will have the opportunity to open your home and share your life with an adult with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Your support and assistance will enrich an individual's life by affording them the opportunity to become a fully participating member of their community and empowering them to reach for and achieve their goals and aspirations.
Becoming a Respite Provider
By becoming a Respite Provider, you'll be welcoming an adult or child into your home on a temporary basis. Your compassionate support and care to someone with an intellectual or developmental disability will ensure an enjoyable respite experience while setting their primary caregiver's mind at ease.
Host Family Programs - Frequently Asked Questions
1. What are the benefits of becoming a host family with Access Services?
As an Access Services host family you would become a valued member of the team and your ideas and opinions would count. You would receive regular guidance and support in your work especially when you run into challenges. You would have access to 24 hour on call support by telephone and at your home, when needed. You would have the opportunity to participate in many training opportunities in addition to the required training and orientation for all families.
2. What are the basic requirements for becoming a host family?
To become a host family, you will need a valid driver's license and reliable transportation. Household members will need physicals, showing that everyone is free from communicable diseases. Various clearances and references are also required. It is important that your family has sufficient income to meet the financial needs of your household without relying on the reimbursement you will receive for providing care and support to the individual placed in your home.
3. What is the process for becoming a host family?
You can rest assured that Access Services will guide you through the process of becoming a host family without it becoming a long drawn out process. Once we receive your application, we will schedule a time to meet with you for approximately one hour for orientation. This will allow for time to answer questions you may have in addition to discussing what becoming a host family with Access Services entails. More detailed information about Access Services, the host family programs, the approval and placement processes, specific documentation and training requirements will also be provided.
After orientation, if you are comfortable with continuing with the process, a home interview and safety inspection will be scheduled and completed. If you are interested in becoming a host family for the Foster Care or Lifesharing programs a second home interview will be conducted. The second home interview will be performed by someone who actually works within the program you are interested in, who will be able to provide you with more pertinent information.
Access Services provides you with all needed training free of cost. We do not require that you come to the office multiple evenings in order to obtain the training. Most of the training can be done in the comfort of your own home by way of modules or on-line training. Currently, the only classroom requiring pre-service training is First Aid and CPR. Twenty-four hours of pre-service training is required.
Once your file is complete, it will be reviewed. Upon approval, you may begin providing respite care while waiting for a permanent placement.
4. What would be my responsibilities as a host family?
You would be responsible for the day-to-day care, supervision, and development of the individual placed in your care. Often times, the individuals placed also attend school, day program or work outside of the home. Individuals typically need varying levels of support concerning appointments, activities, and transportation. Other responsibilities would include participation in monthly meetings, completion of required documentation, adherence to state regulations (which we will help you with) and helping the person in your care learn new skills and meet their personal goals.
5. How much compensation would I receive when it comes to providing host family care?
Access Services is currently offering a $250 sign-on bonus to new host families once they are approved and complete only two days of respite!
You would be classified as an independent contractor and the monies you receive would be considered reimbursement for room, board, and care to the individual placed in your home.
Reimbursement rates for host family start at $1140.00 (for children) and $1500.00 (for adults) per month (non-taxable income). Respite rates range from $80.00 - $125.00 per day (before tax).
Currently, Access Services awards bonuses (up to a maximum of $500 per referral) to host families who refer other host families. The first $200 will be dispersed once the referred family's file is complete and they provide one day of respite or receive a long term placement. An additional $300 will be awarded once the referred family has provided thirty days of respite or has provided care to an individual placed through Lifesharing or Therapeutic Foster Care for only three months.
6. Will I be responsible for any out of pocket expenses? Do individuals coming to stay with me have money for clothes, recreational activities, and health related expenses?
You would not be responsible for paying for the clothing needs of individuals staying in your home. The individuals receiving services typically have their own insurance and are responsible for all related co-pays and expenses, to include medication. Money may or may not be available for recreational activities.
7. Will I get to choose who comes to stay in my home? How long will it take before someone comes to live with us?
Access Services desires to make suitable matches between host families and individuals in need of a home. When a possible match has been identified, an Access Services representative will call you to discuss all pertinent information. Pre-placement visits are essential in order to ensure a successful match. As the host family, you would ultimately choose whether or not you are able to take the person into your home.
We would encourage you to provide short term Respite Care before making a decision to enter into a long term placement. This would afford you invaluable experience caring for people with special needs and give you the chance to get started sooner. The process to receive a long term placement is a more extended process.
8. Can the person coming to stay with my family share a bedroom with one of my family members? What items are needed for the bedroom I will be providing for the person staying in my home?
Typically, adults have their own rooms. Children can share bedrooms. Children five years of age and older can only share a bedroom with children of the same gender. Bedrooms need to have appropriate size beds for each person. There should be a mirror, dresser or chest of drawers, and closet or wardrobe space available for each individual.
9. What kind of support would I receive in providing host family care? If there were ever an emergency after office hours is there someone I could reach?
As a host family, you would be assigned an Access Services coordinator as your primary contact person. The coordinator will partner with you making sure that you have all of the information you need to care for the individual placed in your home. After hours, you will have access to our on-call system. Support will always be available in an emergency. Our system is such that you will receive a quick response from someone who is familiar with the individual in your care. You will also receive pre-service training outlining what to do in the event of an emergency. Access Services is known for our commitment and support to the individuals we serve and our host families and we will be with you every step of the way!