WHAT WE DO
Persad Center’s Foster Care program is guided by the idea that both LGBTQ+ identifying children and parents deserve safe, loving homes. We serve all children, yet recognize that LGBTQ+ youth often experience the trauma of family rejection and homelessness, so we are dedicated to ensuring their health, safety, and welfare. At Persad Center, we know that families are defined in many different ways and come in diverse shapes and sizes. Our broad range of services help families create home environments defined by love, dignity and respect. Persad works with married, single, or partnered people of all sexual orientations, genders, races, ethnicities, and religions who have a desire to help a child succeed.
WHAT IS FOSTER CARE?
Caring for a child or teen until their parent(s) can resume full responsibility, or until another permanent home is found. Foster Parent(s) make a commitment to help a child or teen through a difficult period, provide love and guidance, and then let go.
WHAT IS A RESOURCE FAMILY?
A Resource Family (previously known as Foster Parent) can be any adult over age 21, single, married, or partnered. Resource Families are committed to providing a loving home for a child who is not able to live with their birth family. Resource Families are an essential part of ensuring child safety, helping children reunited with their birth family, and providing children with resources to thrive.
HOW DO I BECOME A RESOURCE FAMILY?
There are several steps to become a certified Resource Family. The first step is to attend an orientation session at Persad Center where you will be able to ask questions and learn about the requirements. To start the process, contact Allison Kent.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
Certification typically takes 2-3 months.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
Persad Center does not charge agency fees as part of our certification process. You will be required to provide documentation of your financial stability, demonstrating your ability to provide for a child in your home.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?
Resource Families (Foster Parents) must be at least 21 years of age, demonstrate proof of income, undergo criminal background and child abuse background checks, and complete pre-service training and certification. Persad Center also requires that Resource Families are accepting and affirming of LGBTQ+ identities and do not believe these identities are pathological, unnatural, evil, or in need of being changed.
To learn more about becoming a resource family, contact Melissa Perkins.