Family FAQs

How long will the process take?

For most Project 1.27 parents, the certification process takes 6 to 12 months. There are parts of the foster/adoption process that you are able to control, for instance, the amount of time it takes you to complete the training and paperwork, but some steps such as the home study and background checks are largely out of your control. After certification, a child can be placed with you as soon as there is a match. The length of time before a placement varies and can be as short as a day and longer than a year. Before an adoption occurs the child must live in your home for at least six months.

Why should I utilize Project 1.27 when I can just go straight to the county or another private agency?

Good question! A partnership with Project 1.27 is not necessary in the foster/adoptive process, however, if you choose to utilize Project 1.27 you will have an advocate and expert advisors on your team to assist you along your foster/adoption journey.

Our orientations and trainings are held in local churches and presented from a biblical world-view by experienced Christian instructors. Our Christian case managers have many years of experience in the Child Welfare system in Colorado and will spend time praying with you, assist you in staying organized and provide ongoing coaching and support throughout the process.

Which County/Agency should I choose?

We advise families to consider choosing an agency that best fits their specific needs. Families should base your decision on a number of things including:

  1. Which county you live in — Consider that the foster child may have family visits as well as doctors, therapists and case workers to meet with that take place  in their county.
  2. Which children or youth are available in a county/agency — If you are looking at a specific child or youth, you may want to use athat child’s-specific county/agency.
  3. Who do you “connect” with — Your interaction with a county/agency representative during P-Core training or other meetings may lead you to decide to pursue this long term relationship with a specific county/agency.

While choosing a county or agency is an important step, this decision is best made when you are close to completing your application packet.

Will legal issues in my past prevent me from being approved for adoption or foster care?

Possibly. It is best to be very forthcoming in your application about any issue that may arise from your past. During this process, you will be giving a very detailed account for your life.

Though it may not seem fair, counties and agencies are very careful about protecting the children. Consider the questions you might ask if your child was going to be raised by someone else. What would you want to know about the parents?

If you have specific concerns, talk privately with your case manager.

Will I be able to love a child that I didn’t give birth to?

Yes.

Explore this question further in the article, “Will I Love Her?”

Will my biological kids get along with my adopted children or youth?

Maybe. It is a good idea to be in agreement with your current children prior to new children coming into your home. Prayer, education, and patience are important when seeking answers to difficult questions like this.

Do I have to be a Christian to participate in Project 1.27?

Yes. If you are married, one of you must be a Christian. All families must fill out a Spiritual Questionnaire and participate in a pastoral interview. We believe that faith in Jesus is integral to our ability and motivation to love and care for children from hard places. If you are not a Christian, we can help direct you to a county child welfare agency to pursue foster parenting or adoption.

On my “Type of Child Checklist”, can I say I can’t handle children with certain issues?

Yes. It is very important to be open and honest with your comfort level. If you are married, be sure you are both in agreement about what you put on the form. Overall, it is important to pray and let God guide you in these important decisions. Your Case Manager can also provide support in this area.

Are subsidies included to support foster and adoptive parents? What are subsidies?

A subsidy is a monthly, contractually-agreed amount of money between you and your child’s or youth’s county to help you defray the costs of therapy, transportation, food, etc.  Foster parents are reimbursed an amount based on the age and needs of the child.  Reimbursement will be provided through a check from the county or agency the month following when the care was provided.

Adoptive parents will often receive an adoption subsidy, however this is not guaranteed for every child or youth. A subsidy occurs most often for sibling groups, minority children, children over the age of 6 and children or youth with special needs. Medicaid is also available for adopted children and youth until they are 18 or 21 depending on eligibility, with some exceptions. We recommend that families not plan on having a subsidy available on a long-term basis, as counties cannot guarantee this will occur. However, Project 1.27 will do everything possible to help advocate for potentially deserved subsidies for our families.

What challenges do foster children experience?

All children in foster care have experienced some type of trauma and this is typically due to an abuse or neglect sustained by the child. These children may be developmentally delayed, have a difficult time attaching to adults, suffer from drug or alcohol related issues, have boundary issues, or outbursts of anger. The good news is that many of these concerns are treatable through the relationship of foster and adoptive parents as well as the many professional resources available to parents.

What is a home study?

A home study is a report written by a social worker about you and your family. The worker will come to your home for several visits to interview you and your children individually, and, if married, as a couple. They will discuss your life – past and present, and how adding a child, youth, or siblings will affect your life. The purpose of a home study is to evaluate you and your family as a potential foster or adoptive home and a potential match for a child or youth. The county/agency you choose to work with will perform this service.

Do I have to be a perfect parent to foster or adopt?

No. There are no perfect parents. We find that the best foster/adoptive parents are flexible, willing to learn new ways of parenting and able to handle adversity and stress in a healthy ways.