“It is very encouraging to see a strong community partner like City Ministries Child Placement Agency step up to get licensed and partner with the King County and DSHS to meet this very critical need-providing safe, nurturing homes for children in crisis.”
King County Council Member, Dist 3
The City Church launched its own foster care agency to help meet the needs of children in the State of Washington and in particular King County.
In Washington State, alone, there are more than 10,000 children currently in foster care – a 22% increase over the last two years. Statistics are projecting an even greater increase over the next five years.
Last year in Washington State, over 19,000 children needed a safe place to stay…they needed a foster home. While some of these children went back home or to live with relatives, thousands remained in care.
YOU CAN HELP BY
Opening your heart – pray for more foster parents, volunteers, and resources.
Opening your home – become a full or part time foster parent or respite provider.
Volunteering your time or professional services (RN, Dentists, MD, MSW, Licensed Counselors)
Becoming an agency volunteer (childcare, tutoring, mentoring, etc.)
Giving financially of your resources or in-kind donations.
We believe every child is a blessing from God and foster children need the love, safety and security of a permanent home and family.
Kristy & Ernesto
Foster parenting has brought joy and fulfillment to our family. The children we have had in our home have blessed us and in turn I pray we have been a blessing to them. One of the most unexpected benefits of fostering has been what our children have received. They have learned to be compassionate, kind and loving to children from all walks of life. We have found that being a foster family is a way that we can be God’s hands and feet in a practical way.
Kennesha & Larry
As a respite care family, we are able to provide a reprieve to full time foster parents when they need a break. There is significant impact on the collective perspective of our entire family when we serve the community together in this way. We also find tremendous satisfaction in seeing children find a place in our family’s culture in such short periods of time.
I am blessed to be a respite care provider for the foster children, which means I have the children for a 48-hour time span once a month. My two daughters and I have hosted children as young as 9 months to 13 years of age; we’ve enjoyed some of these children only for 1 month and some for 2 years once a month. These weekends soon became the highlight of our month much like having extended family coming for an overnight visit but only better because seeing the children once per month we are witness to Jesus’ healing and transformation in these children their lives and their hope restored that Jesus has a future for them as He holds them in the palm of His hand.
Nicole & Brian
It’s not always easy, but we wouldn’t trade the fostering experience for anything. Seeing growth and positive change in the children that come into our home is rewarding. Their resilience and spirit is inspiring! And as we have welcomed these kids in their time of need, our family has grown and been blessed in ways we couldn’t have anticipated.
CASE MANAGEMENT SUPPORT WITH CMCPA
City Ministries CPA is a faith based private agency that is able to provide one-on-one extensive case management for all of our foster families. Case managers are the first point of contact for state social workers or anyone affiliated with the case. We provide wraparound services for all foster families and children in our care to ensure the safety, longevity, and well-being of our foster parents.
These services include but are not limited to:
- Serve as a liaison for foster parents and DSHS to access resources and resolves issues and concerns.
- Available to provide support at all hours of the day, including crisis intervention.
- A unified collaborative team that works to ensure the best case management for each child and family.
- Advocate for the needs of foster families and children.
- On staff MSW Case Manager with extensive experience to offer support, guidance, and resources.
- Supervise visits with children and their biological parents upon social worker referral.
- Provide on-time pass through payment of foster parent support $.
FOSTERING MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS
Foster Parents Must:
- Be at least twenty-one years old to apply.
- Be shown to not have a disqualifying criminal history or founded history of child abuse and neglect.
- Pass the state criminal background check.
- Be able to prove regular source of income to meet your own family’s needs excluding current or future foster care payments.
- Demonstrate you have the physical, mental and emotional stability suited to meet the needs of children in your care.
- Complete both City Ministries and state application.
- Complete Foster Parent Orientation and Caregiver Core Training.
- Complete CPR/First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogen Training.
- Be free from Tuberculosis (TB).
- Pass the licensing home inspection.
- Have a completed Home Study.
After the Licensing Process, Your Home Should at Least:
- Be free from hazards.
- Have all guns and ammunition locked separately.
- Have a fire extinguisher (ABC).
- Maintain a water temperature of no higher than 120 degrees.
- Have medications, vitamins and poisons locked.
- Have smoke detectors, including rooms that will be used for fostering.