Become a Resource Parent with Pike County Children and Youth Services

Become a Resource Parent with Pike County Children and Youth Services

“Being a resource parent is a very rewarding experience,” says Carla Brown, Resource Parent Coordinator. “Resource parents have the opportunity to make a real difference in a child's life, at a time when they truly need it.”

Due to the increasing need, Pike County Children and Youth Services (C&Y) is seeking individuals to serve as resource parents, formerly known as foster parents.

Resource parenting is a service which provides a family life experience in an approved household for children who temporarily cannot remain in their homes. The basic purpose of a resource parent is to provide a safe, nurturing environment, to promote the child’s maximum growth and development, to work toward achievement of the permanency goal of the child.

“I am glad that I decided to participate in this service, and I encourage others to do the same,” said one local resource parent. “Knowing that I have been able to make a positive impact on my resource child’s life is priceless.”

To become a resource parent, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Obtain criminal history clearances, child abuse clearances, and FBI clearances
  • Pass a physical examination; be free from communicable diseases and be able to handle stress
  • Are successful in managing your own family life and finances
  • Possess patience and understanding for the needs of children of all ages
  • Acquire 6 hours of training

Resource parents will receive training and support from C&Y staff throughout the placement. In addition to support, resource parents will receive a daily stipend for each child in your care to assist with living expenses.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a resource parent, please contact Carla Brown, Resource Parent Coordinator at (570) 296-3446. The agency will happily answer any questions about the program.