Foster parenting is an opportunity to provide a much needed service to a child in your community. Through no fault of their own, foster youth have come into state care due to abuse, neglect or abandonment from those who should have nurtured and protected them. 

Our Goal

Our highest priority is to match these children and youth in state custody with nurturing families with the proper resources to provide a safe and supportive environment. Foster families come in all varieties, including single parent, same sex, blended families and mixed race. Each year more than 23,000 youth turn 18 without ever having families to call their own. At Cornerstones of Care, our job is to find, prepare and support the right family — the right fit — for each child in the state’s care within the 30 counties we serve in Northwest Missouri and the four counties we serve in St. Louis.

Placement Preferences

When a child enters state custody we work tirelessly to find a foster placement, and eventually a permanent placement with a nurturing family. It’s in the best interest of the child to either safely reunify them with their family, or find a relative/kinship placement with extended family, or a familiar face — such as a coach or a teacher — within their community. Our priority is to keep siblings together whenever possible. We utilize Missouri policy for placement preference when a child is removed from their home:

  1. Parent
  2. Grandparents
  3. Immediate Relatives
  4. Kin in the Community
  5. Foster Parent

Foster Care Programs

Become a Foster Parent 
There are many reasons why people consider becoming a foster or adoptive parent — the desire to help children, wanting to give back to the community, etc. Whatever your reason may be, we offer various services to help you along the way.

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Foster Care Recruitment and Licensing 
We work with the Missouri Children's Division to provide the appropriate license for foster care in the state of Missouri. In order to become a foster parent, each family must become licensed care providers.

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30 Days to Family® 
Finding foster families in the same community.
When a child is removed from their home, we first look to their extended family and community to find placement. Children and youth are able to heal more quickly when kept within their community and school districts in a familiar environment and/or with a well-known and trusted adult. Our case management team works tirelessly contacting family members, coaches and teachers — anyone with an already established relationship with the child to find placement. We call this a Kinship Placement. If we’re unable to find placement in their network quickly, the child or youth is then placed into an available foster family nearby. 30 Days to Family® is program provided through our partnership with the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition in St Louis, Mo.

Home Finding Center 
Keeping potential foster parents connected.
Our home finding center is a specialized team of social workers that stays connected with the available foster parents across the 30 counties we serve. The call center will notify foster families if a child, or sibling group, needs foster placement in their area. This helps to streamline the placement process across Northwest Missouri, and provide a single point of contact for our foster families waiting for a placement.

Foster Care Case Management 
Once a child has entered into the child welfare system due to abuse or neglect, we provide comprehensive foster care case management services to focus on reunifying the family in a safe environment. These services are automatic upon entering into foster care and are provided in Jackson, Cass and Johnson counties. 

We also provide nurse case management services to ensure that all children in foster care receive the appropriate coordination of care — from immunizations to medical management. Our specially trained nurses work on behalf of the children, advocating for them, and helping to ensure they are happy and healthy. Currently, only Jackson County residents are eligible for nurse case management services.

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Adoption Programs and Services

Wendy’s Wonderful Kids 
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids is a program we offer through two grants received from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Through this program we are able to have dedicated adoption professionals who focus solely on finding homes for foster youth who might have more difficulty being placed. Many of the youth in this program are older, have special needs or are part of a large sibling group.

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