First and foremost, this not a solo effort. You will be joining a team to help you with the child placed in your care. You will be assigned a resource coordinator to provide support, guidance and assistance. In addition, Omni Visions offers 24/7 on-call support and monthly training sessions to help you build your knowledge base and skill sets.
Financial Assistance: Therapeutic foster parents receive a monthly reimbursement check to cover the child’s food, housing, clothing, transportation, personal allowance and treatment needs of the youth. Each state has levels of care, meaning the level of service the child is expected to need while in the program. Each level has its own foster parent per diem. The higher the level of treatment needed reflects a higher per diem.
Medical Care: Most foster children get a medical card from the state, which guarantees payment for all necessary medical care and preventive medicine. We will help you select a physician for a child placed with you. The medical card is also accepted by many hospitals and for approved prescriptions. You should not pay any medical bill directly.
Educational Services: Foster children go to regular public schools. An Omni Visions staff person will assist with school liaison and assessment of educational needs.
Personal Support: Omni Visions and your supervising child’s referring agency caseworker are responsible for supporting your family on a daily basis. Each agency, including Omni Visions, has developed internal support, which includes foster parent support groups, after hours telephone numbers and community resources.