Foster Parent Resources
Caregiver Support and Coordination
The Communities Connected for Kids Caregiver Support Program Team helps ensure the success of all out of home caregivers. The Caregiver Support Program Team mission includes helping caregivers identify resources in the community, access services within the system of care, facilitate caregiver meetings, and help caregivers troubleshoot issues and resolve problems.
The Foster Parent Mentor Program helps retain foster parents by ensuring they are supported in their roles. Veteran foster/adoptive parents help teach foster-parent classes and mentor novice foster parents. They also work closely with the Caregiver Support Program Team to ensure that foster parents receive the help and resources they need to do their jobs and to feel connected to the system of care and respected by all who work in it.
Mentors help the foster families navigate the dependency system and direct foster parents to community resources. Mentors also attend Foster Parent Association meetings.
To be connected with the Foster Parent Mentor in your county, please contact our Caregiver Support Program Team at (772) 528-0365.
Ongoing training is important to keep caregivers informed of issues related to trauma, the child welfare systems, and information pertaining to the children they are parenting. For links to online training resources please visit the links below:
Foster Parent Associations
Foster Parent Associations exist throughout our four counties and provide valuable networking opportunities for caregivers. The associations host monthly meetings, where caregivers can meet other foster parents, share experiences and learn from engaging speakers. Find the meeting closest to you:
St. Lucie County: Second Monday of each month, 6:30 pm, at the Port St. Lucie Community Center, 2195 SE Airoso Blvd., Port St. Lucie
Martin County: Second Tuesday of the month, 6:30 pm, at Covenant Fellowship Baptist Church, 2880 SE Aster Lane, Stuart
Indian River County: First Tuesday of the month, 6:30 pm, at Good Shepard Church, 4325 65th St., Vero Beach
Okeechobee County: First Tuesday of the month, 6:30 pm, at the Communities Connected for Kids Office, 208 NW 7th Ave, Okeechobee
Designed to assist caregivers with obtaining the things they might not immediately have on hand for the children in their care, including but not limited to clothing, bedding, baby items, children’s furniture. There are two locations accepting gently used items to serve children and caregivers on the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee:
Indian River County: James 1:27 Project is a foster closet at Lakeside Fellowship Church in Vero Beach. For more information or to set up an appointment to pick up or drop off items, please email Christy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martin County: Treasure Coast Foster Closet a foster closet in Stuart. For more information or to set up an appointment to pick up or drop off items, please join the Treasure Coast Foster Closet Facebook page.