Gateway to Adoption
Therapeutic "Gateway to Adoption" Homes bring sibling groups together who might otherwise not find a forever family together.
Our desire to bring children into the Gateway Home responds to the Division of Family & Children Services overwhelming need to place sibling groups in safe, sustainable homes. We are able to bring stability to siblings who have just entered foster care, who are living separately or who are at risk for being separated. As often occurs, if members of a sibling group have different behavioral needs and require different levels of care they are usually separated. In a Gateway home regardless of differing needs each sibling receives the services they need while remaining together as siblings.
We prepare the children, youth, and families for reunification, kinship care or adoption through a model that reflects a nuclear family unit, using trauma-informed care using ARC - attachment, regulation & competency as the evidenced based practice frame work. The Gateway Home – Pathway to Permanency is a CHRIS 180 model program focusing on foster care to reunification, kinship care placements and adoptions.
What we are doing
The Gateway Foster Home creates a safe environment where children and/or sibling groups’ age birth to 17, prepare for adoption and live together as a family unit. Our goal at the Gateway Foster Home is to allow children to feel safe and supported in a family home with increased consistent therapeutic supports and services for children and families from the day children enter the home through 6 months following reunification, kinship placement or adoption.
The Gateway Foster Home supports the idea that continuity of care, permanency and family planning are essential to ensuring stability in the life of a child. With around-the-clock care our foster parents work in collaboration with their adoption or foster care specialist, support staff, therapist, and community supports. The youth and children placed in the home are provided a vast network of resources to help them remain stable at the home as well as through the process of reunification, kinship placement or adoption. When children are able to remain stable in a singular placement in preparation for adoption, they are able to develop a positive sense of self to form healthy relationships and attachments.