St. Johns County Health and Human Services Orientation and Pre-service Training for Prospective Foster Parents
St. Johns County, FL. – What will your family’s New Year’s Resolution be? Residents who would like to help St. Johns County’s children and families by becoming a foster parent, adopting a special needs youth or teen, or helping in other ways are encouraged to attend the upcoming St. Johns County Family Integrity Program (FIP) orientation session and pre-service training classes.
For those interested in learning more about the current needs and how they can help, the FIP orientation session is scheduled for 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on January 6, at the Health and Human Services building, 1955 US-1 South, St. Augustine. Foster parent pre-service classes will be hosted at the same location on consecutive Mondays from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. January 13-20, with the exception of Martin Luther King Day onJanuary 20. These interactive classes will offer participants a variety of educational material delivered through an engaging and challenging format that includes immersive experiences with many child welfare professional experts presenting on all aspects of the system of care.
A considerable need exists in St. Johns County for family foster homes for teens and teen sibling groups. Prospective caregivers that have special skills to assist in helping to serve in a more therapeutic or medical capacity are greatly encouraged to attend. Becoming a licensed foster home is not necessary to help young adults moving out of foster care or who are in need of a mentor or family-style support system to assist in directing, encouraging, and supporting them to become successful adults. Please contact Joy Meyerpeter at 904.209.6131 to RSVP for the orientation session or pre-service training classes, or to request a brochure. Visit www.sjcfl.us/fip for more information on the FIP program.