Guam - Cindy Chugrad is a social worker and has been licensing foster parents and their homes for the past four years and has also been a Child Protective Services investigator for nine years. Currently, she works for the Home Evaluation Placement Section at CPS.
"Packets with documents you need to fill out - criminal background, child abuse, medical- healthy, financial, assess home to ensure space for child, new law regarding car seats," she explained.
Cindy says they rarely turn down applicants and to date, the only reason why there have been applications denied is due to the size of the home and a previous criminal past. "So far, the whole time I've been doing this I've only turned down just a couple and one is because of the criminal background. No one for financial," she added.
In March of last year, only the 25th foster home was licensed and she mentions that many assume they won't qualify because of their relationship status. According to Chugrad, that is not the case, saying, "A lot of our applicants foster homes are couples, but we also have a domestic couple - two female. Because to be a foster parent you can be single, you can be married, or you can be a domestic couple."
She says about 200 kids are in need of good foster homes. Currently, all 25 licensed homes have foster children and those that are left are either placed with relatives or in the shelters such as Alee or Sanctuary. Throughout the month, Department of Public Health and Social Services, Bureau of Social Services Administration held information sessions on foster care and adoption at various mayor's offices.
"If anybody wants to become a foster parent get a hold of us here at the Bureau of Social Services Administration, our numbers are 475-2653/2672 and they can get a hold of me," Chugrad said.