Frequently Asked Questions
- What support can foster parents expect from Tapestry?
- What does it take to become a foster parent?
- What is the procedure?
- What about training?
- Is there a way to help part time?
- What if I work full time?
- Why are the rates for Intensive Treatment Foster Care so different?
- Where do I start? How do I get more information?
We offer a team approach to support you in the care
and nurturing of the children, with true participation as a respected member of our treatment team.
At Tapestry we strive to compensate foster parents at a rate that reflects the significance and challenges of this important work. (See our rate page.)
- Readily available consultation and assistance with questions and behavior problems;
- Regular contact with a social worker;
- 72 hours/month respite care;
- Family therapy as needed;
- Mileage reimbursement;
- In-home support and guidance for Intensive Treatment foster children and foster families.
For a detailed listing of supports provided to our foster families, please see the Foster Parent Support Page.
We're looking for people with the desire and ability to be a professional caregiver for children with emotional challenges.
Tapestry foster parents can be single or married, male or female, and can rent or own homes.
The certification process involves completion of an application and other forms, followed by a background clearance and home/family assessment.
Training is provided by Tapestry staff and through referral to other training resources. Tapestry pays training stipends as foster parents complete specific training milestones.
YES! Be a Respite Care Provider! Being a respite care provider is a great way to get hands-on training and find out if you'd like to be a full-time foster parent. You can
work on occasion, or 1-2 days a week. There is less initial training and paper work, and great rates! (See our respite page.)
Being a working foster parent is possible. In fact it's sometimes easier for an Intensive Treatment foster parent to work full time.
The integration of Tapestry's foster care programs with our therapeutic after-school and summer programs means that most of our foster
children are spending four afternoons per week after school and about five hours per day in the summer at our After School Program. Tapestry
Support Counselors transport children to the After School Program and bring them home afterward.
We also work with our foster parents to help arrange for childcare during times when children are not in school or are at the Tapestry After School
and Summer Program.
Children come into Intensive Treatment Foster Care with a spectrum of needs. No one child is exactly like another. In general though, caring for these children may require
more time and attention and close supervision. Because of the specific challenges of these children we maintain a close working relationship with our Intensive Treatment
Foster Parents, which also takes time.
You will find more information on the Becoming a Foster Parent and Respite pages.
TAPESTRY FAMILY SERVICES
Phone: (707) 463-3300
Fax: (707) 463-3318
Address: 290 East Gobbi St., Ukiah, CA 95482