Drug Testing For Foster Parents
First, if you are a potential parent we want to thank you. Parenting is a huge responsibility and a blessing for every foster child. As a thank you, we try to make it easy to order your drug test ANYWHERE in the country. We also offer the best pricing for foster parents and agencies online. Are you a representative for foster agencies? We’re also here for you too. Lab Testing Solutions provides initial and ongoing drug testing for foster parents and agencies. Read more about the process or order below.
Our Foster Parent Drug Testing Benefits
- Court Approved – LTS results are court approved using SAMHSA-certified methods ONLY.
- Agency Login – Foster agencies can login directly to retrieve results directly from our servers.
- Accuracy – All results are lab based using LC-MS and GC-MS confirmation via 10,000 plus collection sites and Quest/LabCorp labs.
Determining Whether You’re Eligible to Foster Children
Did you know more than 400,000 children are in foster care? The federal and state government system depend widely on foster parents. Not just anyone qualifies to serve. The decision to be a foster parent requires legal ins-and-outs during the temporary adoption process. Drug screenings are a legal requirement for potential foster parents. And this is just one step along the path towards fostering a child.
Who is Eligible to be a Foster Parent?
Dr. John DeGarmo (Director of The Foster Care Institute) points out that “Foster parent requirements include basic qualifications. You must be at least 21 years of age. And there are more in-depth criteria, like character, health, and marital status.” Personal references are sought for references of moral character. Also, a medical exam and doctor’s report may be required for every member of the foster child’s new household. Requirements vary from state to state, and marital status can also play a role. Married couples are asked to provide their marriage certificate and any sudden changes in marital status may exclude certification as a foster parent. Financial record requests help prove a foster parent’s ability to provide for a foster child. A foster care agency also asks for details regarding childcare, and gives approval of day care if it is required.
Did we mention that Foster Agencies ask potential parents to submit to a drug test, background check and home inspection? The approval process to become a foster parent is strenuous and necessary for the stability of children and our communities.
Responsibilities of a Foster Parent
The role of any foster parent is multifaceted, as one has a responsibility to the child welfare agency, the foster child, the child’s biological family, and their own family. First and foremost, however, foster parents have an obligation to provide skilled care, discipline, and nurturing to foster children placed in their home. These responsibilities include meeting the foster child’s basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter, as well as health and hygiene needs. Additionally, foster parents are tasked with providing a welcoming environment for the child which often means including them in family activities, giving personal space when needed, and expressing love and affection whenever possible.
Foster parents are also required to manage a foster child’s educational needs, including enrolling them in the local school and communicating with educators to evaluate progress. Within the home, parents also offer mentorship as it relates to social skills, behavioral issues, and responding to difficult life situations. Parents of foster children are also responsible for relaying information about the wellness of the child and any issues that may arise with the child welfare agency through which the child was placed.
The process of becoming a foster parent can be an arduous one, and the ongoing requirements of caring for a foster child can be exhausting. However, for families who have taken the time to understand and prepare for these complexities, bringing a foster child into the home is a powerfully beneficial experience for the foster family and the foster child.