Individuals exploring the FCS program and potential family care providers will complete a lifestyle inventory which details likes, dislikes, day to day routines and behaviors, prior to matching. The matching process will involve the individual and potential family care providers spending time together through meetings, weekend visits, and community based experiences. The objective is to create an open and thorough experience for all involved, leading to a successful, long-term match. At any time in the process, program participants may decide that the match is not a good fit.
Do I have to be married to become a provider?
No, Family Care Providers can be of any marital status.
Do I need to own my home to become a provider?
No, Family Care Providers can be homeowners or renters of a house, apartment or mobile home.
Do I need to have experience working with individuals with disabilities?
No, precertification training will be provided by the FCS team, as well as training, intensive services and support.
Can a relative of a person with disabilities be a Family Care Provider?
Yes, relatives are eligible to be family care providers.
Will there be a background check?
All household members 18 and over must be cleared through the New York State Central Registry for Child Abuse and Maltreatment and submit to criminal background check. All drivers must enroll in the Critical Driver’s Program, which notifies the agency of any suspension, revocation, conviction or limitation on driver’s license.
Please consider the following statements, which will help you to determine if you are eligible to become a Family Care Provider:
I enjoy making a difference in the lives of others.
The greatest benefit the Family Care Providers will experience is the knowledge that they are making a difference in the lives of a person with disabilities. Providers will integrate the person with disabilities into their family and their community, creating a true sense of a forever family for the individual.
I am at least 21 years of age.
Family Care Providers must be at least 21 years of age.
I am financially stable with my own source of income.
While Family Care Providers will receive a monthly stipend to cover the cost of care for the individual as well as room and board, the provider must be financially stable.
I have appropriate living space to accommodate a person with disabilities.
The potential provider’s home must pass a home safety inspection to ensure that the home meets safety requirements. Funding is available for adaptive devices and environmental modifications to support the individual.
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