WHAT IS A FAMILY HOME AGENCY (FHA)?
A Family Home Agency recruits, trains, certifies, and supports family homes which offer the opportunity for up to two adults individuals diagnosed with a developmental disability per home to live as a member of a family. The individual with a disability receives the necessary services and supports from the family and Imagine to support the individual to be a full participating member of the family and community where they reside. The Family Home Provider receives training and financial support from Imagine.
Imagine will carefully match individuals with families where the individual can create authentic membership in the family unit. We acknowledge that each family situation and individual served will have unique gifts and challenges. Imagine will work to support both the individual and family providers in creating the kind of family which best serves all interests.
HOW CAN I BECOME A FAMILY HOME PROVIDER?
If you have an extra room in your home and the desire and willingness to include an individual with a developmental disability into your family life, you should contact Julie Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org to begin the conversation. As a Family Home Provider, you will receive a monthly payment for room and board in addition to a tax free monthly stipend based on the support needs your family will provide to the adult with a disability you invite into your family. Your family will be supported by Imagine, relief staff and out of home respite opportunities for the individual living with you.
WHAT DOES A FAMILY HOME CERTIFICATION INCLUDE?
Here is a partial list of requirements to become a certified Family Home Provider.
- All adult members of the household must submit to a Department of Justice Fingerprint Clearance.
- All adult members of the household must complete a Form DS 5407 regarding any prior criminal convictions.
- Imagine will conduct “home visits” and all adults residing in the home will be interviewed.
- A rigorous investigation of character, safety, and health-related practices, experience, finances and background of each member of the Family will be completed.
- The applicant Family Providers must have knowledge, experience, cooperation, history and interest to become a Family Home Provider.
- The home must be safe, clean and accessible.
I’M A PERSON WITH A DISABILITY, HOW DO I ACCESS THIS SERVICE?
To be eligible for this service, you must:
- Be an adult with a diagnosis of a developmental disability
- Be currently receiving services from San Andreas Regional Center
- Have a desire to create and participate in the services you receive
- Have a desire to live in a place that is not the place of residence of your parent or conservator
- Have a desire to live in a family environment and participate as a member of the family
- Not require continuous skilled nursing care
If you are eligible and interested in living in a family home as described above, please contact your Service Coordinator for more information. Please note that this service will not be available until January 2014.