What does it mean to be a foster parent?
A foster parent is someone who cares and houses a child for a period of time based on a case-by-case basis.
What does the term "foster child" mean?
Children and youth enter foster care because they have been abandoned, abused, or neglected by their parents or guardians. All of these children have experienced some type of loss or trauma. In other ways, foster children are just like other children: they need stable, loving homes that nurture growth and development.
To put it simply: the level of care.
Our foster care staff at Raintree Children and Family Services provides one-on-one care to each case that they manage. In a lot of ways, every child placed in a foster home is an extension of the Raintree family, and we continue to provide support to those families throughout the child's stay. We will be with you every step of the way.
What is Therapeutic Foster Care?
Therapeutic Foster Care serves children and youth ranging from birth to 21 years of age. These children may identify as LGBTQ, experienced severe abuse, may have been a victim of sex trafficking, may have experienced substance abuse disorder, or currently live with a behavioral health disorder.
These children may experience some developmental delays or disabilities.
What are the requirements of
becoming a Raintree foster parent?
Live in Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, and surrounding parishes
High school diploma or GED
Pass criminal background check and fingerprinting
Family assessment interview
Available bedroom and bed
Less than 4 dependents
Complete home study
Complete training and participate in ongoing training
Open to fostering preteens, teens, all races, all ethnicities, and LGBTQ youth
What steps should I take to get started?
Educate yourself about foster care in Louisiana
Contact Raintree about the details of fostering
Attend an orientation meeting
Begin the placement process
I can't commit to fostering , how else can I help?
Ask us about being a Respite Foster Parent or Foster Family Volunteer!