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DCFS Foster Family Home Inquiry
Today: 12/9/2018

Welcome to the Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS)
Foster Family Home Inquiry website.

The Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is seeking qualified Resource Families

In Arkansas, there are over 4,000 children in foster care at any given time with an average of 1,200 active foster homes to provide care to these childrens. Most children in foster care have experienced trauma not only related to abuse and neglect, but also the trauma of removal from their family and everything that represents family to them. Many of these children need foster families that will care about them, will commit to providing temporary care, and will help them stay connected to family while those family members remedy safety issues so the children can safely return home. DCFS is seeking quality foster families to provide this temporary care, serve as reunification partners with children's families, and meet the individualized needs of children in foster care.

In Arkansas, there are about 500 children in foster care awaiting a “forever” home. Many of these children have special needs, but all 500 children are waiting for qualified families to make the lifetime commitment to be their forever home. The greatest need is for families willing to make a commitment to older youth, sibling groups, and children of all ethnicities.

The Division of Children and Family Services mission statement

Our mission is to keep children safe and help families. DCFS will respectfully engage families and youth and use community-based services and supports to assist parents in successfully caring for their children. We will focus on the safety, permanency and well-being for all children and youth.

The Arkansas child welfare practice model framework

The Arkansas child welfare practice model describes all of our efforts to renew our work with families and aligns us more readily with our division’s mission. It reflects our goals, our principles, our casework process, our daily interactions and our decisions. It is not spelled out in any single document. Instead it is increasingly a part of everything we do and is reflected in every document we write and use.

The practice model is the way our systems work together to serve children and families.

Our practice model unites our casework process with an approach that values and supports families at every step of a family’s encounter with our system. The goals of our practice model are:

  • Safely keep children with their families.
  • Enhance well-being in all of our practice with families.
  • Ensure foster care and other placements support goals of permanency.
  • Use permanent placement with relatives or other adults, when reunification is not possible, who have a close relationship to the child or children (preferred permanency option).
  • Ensure adoptions, when that is the best permanency option, are timely, well-supported and lifelong.
  • Ensure youth have access to an array of resources to help achieve successful transition to adulthood.

We believe...

  • Behavior change and the work of change is a part of our daily challenge.
  • Safety for children is achieved through positive protective relationships with caring family and community members.
  • Meaningful decisions require close family participation in decision making.
  • Strengths of families and supporting these strengths contribute to life-long permanent relationships for children.
  • Families’ success depends on community involvement and shared problem solving.
  • Practice with families is interrelated at every step of the casework process.
  • Sustainable success with families is the work of a team.
  • The entire system must support frontline practice to achieve positive outcomes with families.
  • Every staff position, role, and activity of the Division shows continuous effort to build and maintain professionalism.
  • Skill based training and consultation forms the foundation for successful practice with families.
  • Quality improvement and accountability guide all of our work.
  • How we do the work is as important as the work we do.
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