Teachers Can Foster
By Jill Rippy
Yes, it’s true. Do you know that teachers are the next best home if a child can’t be placed with relatives? Teachers can take foster children into their homes as a kinship placement. And, it does not have to be the child’s classroom teacher. If a teacher or an employee in your school has a relationship with the child who was taken into foster care, they can be considered for a kinship placement. Principals, teachers, aides, custodians, cafeteria specialists…if they have a relationship with that child, they can request to be a resource home.
Further, they are entitled to some benefits. For example, in the state of Indiana, relative and kinship families can receive:
-$300 bed and bedding allowance
-$200 clothing allowance
-respite when you need a break
-$50 holiday and $50 birthday allowance
-6 months free childcare
-child receives full medical, vision and dental coverage
-child has a $300 personal allowance per year
Also, the child can be placed with you as a kinship placement first then you can become a licensed foster parent to then receive funds to care for the child.
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If you are looking to become a licensed foster parent in the state of Indiana, reach out. I’d love to tell you more!