Question: What type of youth is likely to be referred to Maple Star for placement in specialized foster care? Answer: Many youth are placed in foster care because of abuse and neglect. In addition, a wide variety of youth who have experienced difficulties in living in a responsible manner within the community will be referred to Maple Star. These youth will require guidance, supervision, and direction in learning more appropriate ways to cope with life. We accept referrals for children and youth between the ages of birth and 18 years.
Question: Can foster children share a bedroom with my own child? Answer: Yes; however, it is preferred that foster children have their own bedroom. There must be 40 square feet of floor space for foster children in the bedroom. If two children are in the room, then the room must measure 80 sq. ft., three children 120 sq. ft., and so on. We prefer to have a maximum of two children per room.
Question: How many foster children can be in the home? Answer: There can be four foster children placed in the home, and the maximum number of children in each home is eight, to include biological and adopted children. Exceptions are made for sibling groups.
Question: What characteristics regarding the child placements does the agency allow families to specify (e.g., gender, age, etc.)? Answer: Specifications include age, gender, number of children, sibling size, race, religious preference, behaviors and special needs.
Question: What role do foster parents play in deciding which children will come to live in their homes? Answer: Specialized foster parents will have the opportunity to receive all information about the children being considered for placement in their home. The final decision about whether a particular child comes to live with a family is a joint decision agreed upon by the child (in some cases), the foster family, and the Maple Star Placement Supervisor.
Question: What is your highest need? Answer: Ages 6-18, sibling groups, and high need populations such as medically fragile.
Question: I am with another agency. How would it work if I wanted to switch to Maple Star? Answer: The Licensing Specialist would contact your current agency, with your permission, to request information on your experience as a foster parent. Background checks would have to be redone, as they are agency specific. Pre-service training is valid as long as a certificate is provided. Previous first aid and CPR certification will be accepted if it is up-to-date.
Question: I am with another agency and want to come to Maple Star and maintain the foster children that are currently in my home. Answer: Maple Star will discuss the foster parent’s situation as a team. The foster parent has to leave their agency on amicable terms, and even if the agency is not in support, the county caseworker must give unanimous support. An appeal will have to be filed by Maple Star, and the previous agency must be willing to maintain the family until the family has completely transferred to Maple Star.
Question: Does Maple Star do adoptions? Answer: Yes, however adoptions done through Maple Star are from the foster care system. Applicants have to be willing to adopt from foster care, as we do not do private adoptions.
Question: Does Maple Star have respite homes? Answer: Maple Star does not license homes to do respite care only. Our providers exchange services or have family and friends who have already committed to doing respite for them.
Question: What kind of support is available from Maple Star for families doing this work? Answer: A Maple Star Home Supervisor with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in social work is available to provide monitoring and consultation services to family care providers. There is a staff member available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for on-call crisis support. Maple Star also facilitates monthly support group meetings which care providers are expected to attend. The primary purpose for these group meetings is to give and receive emotional support, guidance and training.
Question: What compensation will I receive for providing care through Maple Star? Answer: Maple Star families are compensated based on the level of care that the child requires. This compensation averages $500-$700 per month per child. In addition, families are provided with respite pay amounting to one day of respite for every 15 days of care provided per month. Maple Star also provides each foster family with a free membership to Sam’s Club.
Question: What if I have a DUI or DWAI? Answer: If the charges are recent, within the year, more than likely you would not be approved for foster care. If the charges are more than two years old, then it will be considered on a case by case basis. If the charges are shown on the fingerprint background check, you will need to produce a disposition of charges from the county court and write a letter of explanation. The decision to license will be discussed by the entire Maple Star team.
Question: My partner or spouse has a criminal record. Can I still do foster care? Answer: If your spouse has been convicted of a felony, it is more than likely they will be unable to do foster care. Misdemeanors are examined on a case by case basis.
Question: What are the main steps involved in becoming licensed with Maple Star as a family care provider? Answer: The main steps include:
Complete a Maple Star application to become a family care provider
Complete a fingerprint-based criminal record check for each adult who will have regular contact with children placed in the foster family home
Complete a child abuse registry check with the state
The Maple Star Licensing Specialist will meet with family members and inspect the home using a Home Health and Safety Checklist
In order to be licensed with Maple Star, each prospective family care provider must complete an orientation program, involving 27 hours of training, as well as become CPR/First Aid certified.
Question: How do I get started? Answer: Contact Recruitment Specialist Krisshetta Gilliam at 720-212-6795 or to set up an initial appointment.