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Thank you for completing the application process with Envoi Associates. Your commitment to opening your heart and home to a child in need is truly commendable. We are excited to embark on this journey with you, and we want to assure you that your dedication to making a positive impact does not go unnoticed.

Congratulations!

Your Journey with Envoi Associates Colorado Youth Services Begins Here

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What's Next:

  1. Certification Process Initiated: Your Outreach & Licensing Specialist is hard at work, entering your information into the State system. This marks the beginning of your certification process, bringing you one step closer to becoming a certified foster home.

  2. Physical Certification Copy: In recognition of your achievement, you will soon receive a physical copy of your certification. This tangible proof not only symbolizes your dedication but also serves as a constant reminder of the positive change you are bringing into the lives of children and youth.

  3. Ready to Make a Difference: With your certification in hand, you are now ready to open your home to a child or youth in need. Your willingness to provide a safe and nurturing environment is a beacon of hope for those who seek stability and support.

  4. Ongoing Support: Rest assured, your Outreach & Licensing Specialist will continue to stand by your side throughout this journey. Additionally, a dedicated Care Coordinator will join the team, ensuring that you have the necessary resources and guidance every step of the way.

  5. Therapeutic and Treatment Foster Care: As you prepare to welcome a child or youth referred to Envoi Associates for therapeutic or treatment foster care, know that you are not alone. Our team is committed to providing comprehensive support, tailored to the unique needs of both you and the child entering your home.

 

Your dedication to creating a loving and stable environment for those in our community is truly inspiring. We look forward to the positive impact you will make as a valued member of the Envoi Associates family.

Once again, congratulations on completing the application process. Your journey toward fostering positive change has just begun!

While You Wait For A Placement:

We understand the excitement and challenges that come with starting your journey as a foster family. As licensed foster parents awaiting a placement, we recognize the importance of having support and resources available to you during this time of anticipation. That's why we've compiled a list of waiting resources tailored to make your transition smoother.

Tips for Quality Time Together

Before a child or youth is placed in your home, it's crucial to take time for yourself and your family. Here are some tips to foster a strong connection or practice self-care:

Plan a Weekend Getaway: Take advantage of this period of anticipation to plan a short weekend getaway. Whether it's a retreat in nature, a trip you've always wanted to take, or a relaxing staycation, this is an opportunity to recharge and bond as a family.

Communication is Key: Use this time to have open and honest discussions with your family and support system about your expectations, hopes, and concerns regarding fostering. Strong communication lays the foundation for self-care and building a healthy support system.

Enjoy Hobbies: Engage in activities you enjoy that may have been put aside while completing foster care licensing. Whether it's trying out a new hobby or revisiting an old one, this is a great time to prioritize self-care and fill your cup.

Getting Connected with Other Foster Parents

Networking with fellow foster parents can provide invaluable support and guidance. Here's how you can connect with others in your area:

Attend Support Groups: Explore local foster parent support groups to connect with individuals who share similar experiences and can offer insight and encouragement.

Online Communities: Join online forums or social media groups where foster parents gather to discuss challenges, share advice, and provide support to one another.

Events and Workshops: Keep an eye out for local events and workshops specifically tailored for foster families. These gatherings offer opportunities to learn, connect, and grow together.

Volunteer: Consider volunteering your time to assist a local family or nonprofit organization that serves foster families. Not only does this benefit the community, but it also helps you establish connections and build relationships within the foster care community.

Remember, you're not alone on this journey. Embrace the support available to you and don't hesitate to reach out whenever you need assistance. At Envoi Associates Colorado Youth Services, we're here to support you every step of the way.

While You Wait

Additional Resources for Foster Parents

Additional Resouces

These resources are aimed at supporting licensed foster parents like you as you navigate the journey of fostering and caring for children in need. If you have any questions or need further assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to us or the respective organizations listed above.

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Food Assistance:

Under Age 5, need Medicaid # and court order/placement: Women with Children (WIC) provides assistance for women with children under the age of 5. For more information and eligibility criteria, visit: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment - WIC

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Online & In-Person Training, Therapy, Respite Provider Connection, and Relief Services:

Foster Source provides a range of services including online and in-person training, therapy, respite provider connection, and relief services such as caregiver items. Explore their offerings at Foster Source

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Amazon Prime:

  • Amazon offers 50% off monthly Prime membership for individuals with Medicaid cards. Visit the link to learn more and qualify: Amazon Prime Discount

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Enrichment and Mentoring:

Families directly request services online. Targeted for older youth: Cobbled Street offers enrichment and mentoring programs. To learn more and request services, visit: Cobbled Street

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Resource App:

Foster Friendly App / CO Kids Belong is a resource app designed to support foster families. Download the app to access valuable resources and information: Foster Friendly App / CO Kids Belong

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Mental Health Provider:

Kidstuff Child and Family Counseling accepts Medicaid and has locations around Colorado. Contact them for mental health services: Kidstuff Child and Family Counseling

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Support Group, Training, Special Events, and Discounts:

Colorado State Foster Parent Association (CSFPA) offers a $35 yearly membership, providing access to support groups, training, special events, museum passes, and YMCA discounts. Join CSFPA to access these benefits: Colorado State Foster Parent Association

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TBRI Training:

Raise the Future offers in-home coaching provided to families who have completed TBRI training. For more information, visit: Raise the Future

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Volunteer Matching:

Neighbor Program by Project 1.27 matches foster homes with volunteers who provide a meal once a month for six months. Learn more about this program: Neighbor Program - Project 1.27

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