Foster care is the temporary or permanent care of children whose families are having problems, financially difficulties or in any way that the child can not safely remain in the home. This system of caring for Children is not common in Ghana, but TADMI Inc. is introducing a different kind of foster care, where parents willingly register their children with us. These children are then taken care of by individuals or couples who are well-to-do and can take care of these children as their own and provide for them as listed below.
TADMI will also work with Department of Social Services (DSS) to help children who are in their custody legally to fine suitable homes for them. Children, in the legal custody of the DSS, are placed in a foster home or group care facility that can best meet their needs while their parents find solution to their problems. Youths remaining in foster care receive assistance to make a successful transition into adulthood, by helping them to learn a trade or find a job.
Who are the children?
Children enter foster care because they cannot remain in their homes and be safe or get education. The children have unique strengths and needs. Some are experiencing a variety of social, emotional, and behavioral or physical difficulties because of abuse and/or neglect. The children range in age from birth to 18 years old.
Most children are in foster care temporarily. They need nurturing family homes for the duration of their stay in foster care.
Some children in foster care are waiting for adoption and are in foster homes, group homes and treatment facilities. They need families who will give them a home lasting into adulthood.
Foster children are not maid servants
TADMI Inc. would like to bring to light that, foster children are not your maid servants. Most people use children living with them as maid and they do all the house chores whiles their biological children are studying. TADMI Inc. would not tolerate such an act and it completely unacceptable as a foster parent.
Children must be treated with respect and dignity as described herein.
Who are foster parents?
Foster parents are special people who recognize the special needs of children living in a troubled family, or who parents cannot properly care for them. With an investment of time, energy, love and guidance, foster parents can make a difference in the lives of the children and families in need.
Individuals or couples must go through registration and qualification process through TADMI Inc. to be eligible as foster parents. Foster parents may receive financial reimbursement from TADMI Inc. to meet the basic needs of the children. Children in the legal custody of the Department of Social Welfare may also be placed with relatives that can provide full-time care (kinship foster care), protection and nurture. Relatives who become foster parents may access the same services for children as non-relative foster parents.
What do Foster parents do?
- Provide daily care, guidance, and acceptance.
- Experience a child’s first tooth, first steps, first day of school, first date, driving.
- Model a healthy family lifestyle.
- Assist with educational and medical needs.
- Provide transportation to and from school and appointments.
- Share information about the child’s progress and needs with the department.
- Promote and provide structure and appropriate and reasonable discipline.
What is required to become a foster parent?
- Complete Special 6 hours of training through TADMI Inc. Additional training may be required for specialized foster parents.
- Complete application with a TADMI foster home specialist.
- Undergo criminal background check, finger printing and check of the Central Registries of Abuse and Neglect for all household member 18 years and older.
- Provide three references from those who have known the prospective foster parent for at least three years.
- Submit current medical reports for all family members in the home.
- Pass fire and health department inspections of the home.
- Demonstrate financial and emotional stability, responsibility and a willingness to work closely with TADMI Inc.
- Not use corporal punishment, i.e. beating of children in any way.
- May be eligible to care for up to 5 children at a time (total of all children under age 18 not to exceed 5 including their own children); no more than 2 under age 1.
- Agree to keep all information shared confidential.
What supports are there for Foster Parents?
- Monthly board payments to help offset the cost of caring for the foster child.
- Quarterly allowance for foster children’s clothing.
- Monthly visits from TADMI Inc caseworker.
- Regular in-services to meet eligibility requirements.
What are the rewards of foster parenting?
- Be a positive influence in the life of a child.
- Make a difference in families and communities.
- Share in the growth of a child.
- Help a child build a foundation on which to be successful in the community. Contribute to the lives of children and families with a payoff for years to come.
- Tell bed time stories.