Foster Parent Role

For many people it is not clear what role foster parents should play. There’s often a lot of questions and general confusion about this position.

A foster parent is someone who provides a safe, supportive, and stable family environment for children who are unable to live with their birth parents. A primary goal of foster parenting is to help reunify children with their birth families, assuming this can be done safely. If this cannot be done safely, Department of Human Services will often look to foster parents to adopt these children.

When a child is placed in your home, as foster parents you are responsible for providing a loving, nurturing, healing environment, and partnering with a team of professionals working towards group goals. These group goals touch on the child’s physical, psychological, emotional, educational, social, and recreational needs.

For many of our children, living in a healthy family environment, is a brand new experience. The simple day-to-day interactions of your family will provide invaluable opportunities to introduce foster children to a new way of living. This “new way of living,” may also bring up challenges with your foster child. Be assured, we will help you work through these difficulties as they arise.

Being a foster parent is a 24/7 commitment.  As such, the experience with the foster child is unique, and the information you provide to our team of professionals will help us help you parent more effectively.

Have Questions?  Would you like to talk to someone?

Here is how you can get in touch with us:

If you live in Southern Colorado (Castle Rock, Colorado Springs, Monument, Pueblo etc.)
Contact: Patricia Dirkson (719) 344-2140 or Patricia.Dirkson@pathways.com

If you live in Metro Denver/North Colorado (Aurora, Denver, Lakewood, Thornton, Fort Collins, Greeley, etc.)
Contact: Christi Beach (720) 891-2625 or Christi.Beach@pathways.com