ICM Specialized Foster Care Program

Providing a safe and healthy home environment for foster youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

ICM Specialized Foster Care Program

 

Providing a safe and healthy home environment for foster youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

What is Foster Care?

 

Foster Care is a temporary home for a child who cannot remain in their original home. Reasons vary, but common examples include abusive and neglectful environment, unwilling parent, and drug usage of former caretaker.

What is Specialized Foster Care?

ICM provides specialized foster care services to children with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Arkansas. In collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Human Services, ICM recruits, selects, and trains individuals and families to provide foster care services to children in need of a home.

 

What Makes ICM’s Foster Care Program Different?

ICM provides extensive initial and ongoing training to foster parents and provides CareGivers (Direct Support Professionals or DSPs) within the home to provide additional support to the Foster Parent and child. Our CareGivers provide hands-on assistance with daily living and habilitation activities to help develop skills in many life domains (e.g., money management, cooking, shopping, bathing, dressing, and personal hygiene).

 

How to Receive Specialized Foster Care?

Children in need of foster care services are referred to ICM by the Arkansas Department of Human Services. All children in our program receive medical care and 1915c Community and Employment Supports Waiver funded by Arkansas Medicaid.

 

How to Become a Foster Parent?

Individuals interested in becoming foster parents must meet several requirements before being considered including the successful completion of several database checks (e.g., criminal records, maltreatment, and motor vehicle). Additionally, potential foster parents must successfully pass a drug screen and have their home approved through an extensive home study process. There is also a placement questionnaire provided that helps us determine if the parent and child will be a good match for each other. ICM takes pride in matching each child with the foster parent who is best suited to meet their needs.

If interested in becoming a Foster Parent with ICM, please contact our Foster Care Director at fostercare@icm-inc.org or call 501-228-0063.