Types of Resource Families

What does the term “resource family” mean? It is a term that encompasses the different types of families that serve children in foster care. COBYS resource families fit into one or more of the following categories:

Foster Families
Families committed to caring for and supporting children through reunification with their birth family or transitioning to a foster/adoptive family.

Foster/Adoptive Families
Families committed to supporting children’s reunification with their birth family but are also open to the possibility of being an adoptive resource, if it is needed.

Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) Adoptive Families
Families committed to providing permanency to children through adoption for children who were not able to be safely reunified with their birth family.

Kinship Families
Families with previous connections (by being a relative or having a significant relationship) with children placed into foster care. Kinship families must meet the same standards for approval as any other resource family.

Standby/Emergency Families
Families available for a week at a time for children being placed into foster care outside of regular business hours. Standby families accept any child referred to them during the week and provide between one and four nights of care for them.

Respite Families
Families who care for foster and adopted children for a few hours, an overnight or weekend, or up to two weeks.

I myself am a foster child of sorts. I wanted to give the love and acceptance I received by being a foster child. We wanted to [adopt to] provide love, community, and a family for those without these basics that so many of us take for granted. – COBYS Resource Parents