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Becoming a Resource Parent

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Therapeutic Foster Care and Resource Parents

Becoming a Resource Parent

Q. What are the requirements of me to become a Resource Parent?

A. To become a Resource Parent, you must:

  • Be an adult 21 years or older
  • Have a home that meets criteria, including a bedroom available for the youth
  • Have another source of income
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Complete background clearances
  • Complete a 10-week pre-service training, as well as ongoing training


Q. What kind of training and support is offered for Resource Parents? 

A. The Therapeutic Foster Care Program provides intensive pre-service and ongoing training for Resource Parents. Resource Parents and Family Specialists meet twice monthly to review progress, service planning, safety of the home, and treatment issues. A 24-hour emergency on-call system also provides assistance as needed.


Q. What population of children is served through this program? 

A. The target population is children and youth and their siblings ranging from birth through 21 years of age who have:

  • serious emotional difficulties
  • behavioral difficulties
  • and/or developmental disabilities


Q. What kind of services are offered to children and families in this program? 

A. Behavior management training and counseling services assist the youth in developing problem-solving and coping skills while supporting the reinforcement and generalization of newly-learned positive behaviors in school, home, and other community settings.


Q. What benefits are there for Resource Parents? 

A. Resource parents receive ongoing training, 24-hour support, tax-free stipends, and the satisfaction of knowing that you helped a child succeed!


Q. What is the process to become a Resource Parent? 

A. If you are interested in becoming a Resource Parent you should contact (607) 937-4525 or (585) 434-3166. All Resource Parents must meet with Agency staff, complete a 10-week pre-service training class including an application and home study. In addition, background clearances are completed.


Children and Family Services

These services provide in-home, community, and foster care services and care coordination to youth with serious emotional disturbances, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and chronic medical conditions.

Adult Care Management

Through Adult Care Management, a Care Manager partners with adults to get the care they want to improve their health and supports.

Children's Care Management

Through Children’s Care Management, a Care Manager helps youth and caregivers get the care they need to improve the youth’s health.

Children and Family Treatment and Support Services

These mental health and substance use services, available with NYS Children’s Medicaid, give children/youth (under age 21) and their families the power to improve their health, well-being, and quality of life. 

Children's Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS)

Children's HCBS is a strength-based program that serves youth ages 0–21 years with serious emotional difficulties, developmental disabilities (if in foster care), and medical fragility.

Recovery Coordination

Through Recovery Coordination, a Recovery Coordinator assists adults in Steuben County with Fidelis Medicaid Managed Care to gain peers and partners in the community.

Therapeutic Foster Care

Become a Resource (foster) Parent and provide a local home to keep children and youth in their community.