Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Thinking About Starting A Group Home? Here's An Excerpt.....

Are you thinking about starting a group home? Here is a copy of a reply that I gave to someone who wanted to know more about how to start a group home.

Do you have anything specific in mind as to what kind of children will be in your group home? Are they going to live there? Will you be taking handicapped / disabled children, etc., what? The general definition of a group home is:

Group homes are small, residential facilities located within a community and designed to serve children or adults with chronic disabilities. These homes usually have six or fewer occupants and are staffed 24 hours a day by trained caregivers.

Since the passage of an Act in 1963, grants have been available to group homes. State and federal funds such as the Medicaid Home continue to support the majority of group homes. However, some homes operate on donations from private citizens or civic and religious organizations. Most group homes are owned by private rather than governmental organizations, and can be either non-profit or for-profit organizations.

One thing that you should be well aware of is that where ever you want your group home to be you will have to get the permission of the neighborhood locality! You will have to present your plans to them and hopefully they will approve it. You just can't "set up" a group home without getting prior approval.

If you do a little bit of research online you will definitely find a wealth of information about starting a group how!

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