Good Hearts Youth & Family Services provides a solid foundation for children in care in order to develop nurturing relationships that promote Christian responsibility as contributing members of society.
Good Hearts Youth & Family Services will strive to train their foster parents to be not just foster parents, but to be parents to the children placed in their care. Good Hearts will require their foster parents to care for and to attend to the needs of the children.
- Reliability – capable of being relied upon – dependable;
- Credibility – being believed or trusted;
- Transparency – characterized by honesty and fairness
- Commonality– having a shared feature or attribute;
- Respect– ability to treat others in a considerate and courteous manner; and
- Caring – ability to feel and exhibit concern and empathy for others.
Our Philosophy on Foster Parenting
Our philosophy on being a foster parent with Good Hearts is that we want to strive to be the best for the children in our care. We believe that foster parents apply, to have the title of “parents”, not “caregivers”. Being a parent to a foster child who comes into a foster home does not eliminate the foster child’s need for a family’s love. Good Hearts will assist foster parents to become good “parents” to the children in their care and encourage them to have the same attitude as if the foster children were their own.
Good Hearts’ foster parents will work with children and allow them to grasp life as a child who is loved by their parents. They will look and feel as though they belong to a natural birth family. The foster parent will want to have the child in their home not for the value in which the child can bring into the home, but for the value the parent can instill into the child.
Our Philosophy on Foster Children
The children placed in Good Hearts’ foster homes will have the feeling of knowing they are in a place in which they are loved and have the opportunity to improve their functioning levels in the various aspects of their lives. They will be treated as a child in a loving environment. As with many foster homes housing foster children, the title “foster child or children” will fade away and the child will know he/she belongs based on the love provided to him/her by the members of their new family.
Good Hearts does not discriminate against staff, foster parents, nor children on the basis of race, color, religion, political belief, physical or mental handicap (depending on Good Hearts’ ability to provide for such needs), sexual orientation, national origin, or any other class protected by law.