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A child becomes involved with the foster care system through an abuse/neglect petition filed by the Chesapeake Child Protective Service Unit in which the child is found by the Chesapeake Juvenile Court to be at imminent risk of harm. Delinquent children are sometimes placed in foster care, as well as children whose legal guardians have been relieved of custody by the Juvenile Court.
Foster/resource parents that are willing to accept sibling groups and teenagers are in the highest need. There is also a need for homes in which there is a parent who does not work outside the home so he/she can provide for a child with special needs or a newborn infant that is not able to go to child care.
No, every effort must be made to prevent foster care placement. Foster Care placement takes place through the Juvenile Court. If you are having problems with your child, the Department will assess the needs of the family and refer the family for services.
Specialized foster care providers are central to the professional treatment team, and key to the success of children in foster care. They work the closest with foster youth to implement strategies specified in a child's treatment plan. They facilitate the healing of a child in a family setting. The first step to becoming a specialized foster parent is to attend Chesapeake Connections' unique ten-hour trauma-informed, specialized skills training, usually split between two Saturdays or three weeknights. Training is offered up to four times per year.
The agency will provide a monthly payment for room and board, clothing, personal care, recreation, other expenses, and allowance based on the age of the child. A yearly clothing voucher will be supplied based on the age of the child. In some situations, an additional monthly monetary payment for supervision, support, and additional services for a child with an emotional, behavioral, or medical/personal need may be provided. Medicaid is provided to cover medical, dental, and mental health costs.
Please email Felicia N. LaGarde, Family Services Specialist or call 757-382-2249. Learn more about all of our programs and ask further questions at 757-382-2000.