Class Schedule 2017

Local Classes for Prospective Foster and Adoptive Families

Griffin GA
June 3, through June 24 9am-2pm. Four Saturdays in a row.

October 5 through Nov. 16 6-9 pm for seven consecutive Thursday evenings.

Orientation required prior to admittance.

Call Shunda Jones 770-233-6148 or 404-387-1029 to schedule.



Foster Care Is...
Foster Care is a federal and state program designed to protect children in state custody. Children who come into temporary or permanent state custody are neglected, abused, abandoned, or their parents are unable to fulfill their parenting obligation due to illness, emotional problems, or other issues.


Foster Parents Are...
Foster parents are volunteers who offer safety and security to these children by opening their own hearts and homes. Foster parents are not paid, but are reimbursed monthly from $13.68 and up per day, per child, depending on the age and needs of the child. The state is responsible for the needs of the child in care such as medical and clothing expenses. Foster parents provide the love and nurturance.


The Goal of Foster Care Is...
The goal of foster care is to reunite children with their families. Foster parents become partners with the Department of Family & Children Services (DFCS) to make the best plans for a child's future. Foster care is intended to be temporary, but in some situations reunification is not the best option. When reunification is not possible, the first option is to place the childe with a relative. When that is not possible, children in foster care become available for a permanent home through the process of adoption.


Adoption Is...
Adoption is the social and legal process that creates a new family, giving adopted children the same rights and benefits as those who are born into a family. Its is a way to fulfill the dreams of a complete family for children and prospective parents. Foster to adopt is an option in creating a new family.


To Become a Foster or Adoptive Parent...
To become a foster or adoptive parent, inquire at your local Department of Family and Children Services. (Phone numbers and an Inquiry Form for Butts County, Lamar County, Pike County, Spalding County, & Upson County, Georgia are available on our Contact Us page.)


To help make your decision about helping a child experience a happier and healthier childhood, 20 hours of parenting preparation - IMPACT (Initial Interest, Mutual Selection, Pre-service training, Assessment, Continuing Education and Team work.) is provided by DFCS. This is designed to help prospective foster and adoptive families become aware of what foster care is about, the types of children needing placement, the needs of the children, the partnership with DFCS, other community resources, and whether it is right for you.


Below are some anonymous comments about our class:


"I did not believe that I needed any training before attending the class. But since attending, I realize how naive I really was about fostering and adopting. GREAT CLASS!"
~ Anonymous Class Participant


"I have had the most enhancing experience of my life about children and how to meet their needs."
~ Anonymous Class Participant


"...I wish every parent had to take this class. This class has had a positive impact in my life as a parent."
~ Anonymous Class Participant