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Foster care Services with Summit

Foster families play a vital role in children’s physical, emotional, and educational development. A foster family provides a warm home and a temporary solution for at-risk children who can no longer live with their biological parents, whether due to the parents’ choice or a court order. Our foster families go through preliminary training as well as ongoing training and support to ensure that each child has their individual needs met and the best chance at a healthy transition.

Foster families

The Summit Institute provides guidance and direct support for families at all stages of foster care. The services are available for foster families in the Jerusalem and Southern regions, in partnership and under the regulation of the Ministry of Social Welfare. Summit works closely with the welfare authorities in local councils and municipalities. In order to optimize the foster care system, the Summit Institute offers foster families a range of resources alongside in-depth, professional support.

Emergency shelter foster

Emergency shelter foster families take in children who are in immediate danger - in accordance with a court order - providing a safe, stress-free environment for three to five months. During this period, the child’s welfare and relationship with his or her biological parents are closely examined. A formal recommendation for the child’s future is then presented to the Social Services Treatment Planning Committee and the child is either returned home or sent to a more permanent foster care family or other external framework.

foster families

The Summit Institute for Foster Families offers advice and close support in all stages of the foster care process. The service is provided to foster families in the Jerusalem area

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Our Professional Team

Executive Director of the Summit Institute
Yoni Bogot

Director of Foster Care Services

Netta Siboni

Therapeutic Treatment Center Director and Deputy Director of Foster Care

Karen Kalisker

Jerusalem Foster Care Branch Director

Shoshana Luwisch Omer

Beer Sheva Foster Care Branch Director

Shamrit Goshen

Kiryat Malachi Foster Care Branch Director,

Avital Altman

Therapeutic Foster Care Branch Beer Sheva

Orit Sharvit

Therapeutic Foster Care Branch Jerusalem

Dana Perel

Director of Resource Development and Public Relations

Mira Werker
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A child is separated from his or her parents' custody only after efforts have been made to assist the parents and maintain the child's presence within the family. Priority is given to exploring the possibility of placing the child with a close relative, such as grandparents, uncles, or older siblings, before considering placing the child with an unrelated family.

Foster families who are relatives undergo the same screening and training as other foster families. These individuals are committed and dedicated to providing a stable and secure home for a child from their own family, often transforming their lives to do so.

Within the family, foster care helps the child maintain a sense of belonging and often allows them to remain in a familiar environment.

The Summit Institute offers specialized and comprehensive support for these families, including customized courses and group activities, according to their unique needs.

In 2006, the foster care law was enacted thanks to the efforts of Karin Elharer (Yesh Atid movement). As a result of this legislation, many relative foster families are now able to receive the same services and assistance as other foster families.

The Summit Institute supports close foster families by providing professional guidance throughout the process and assisting the children with their fundamental needs.
The term emergency foster care refers to a temporary arrangement for infants and children who have been urgently removed from their homes due to immediate danger. For up to 3 months, these families provide children with all the necessities they need after being removed from their homes, including physical and educational support, as well as a safe and nurturing environment. In addition, emergency foster families facilitate meetings between children and their biological parents at designated contact centres.
During emergency foster care, welfare service care planning committees determine the children's future arrangements, including whether they will live with a long-term foster family, move to another out-of-home placement, or return home.
The Summit Institute supports close foster families by providing professional guidance throughout the process, accompanying the children, and assisting them with their fundamental needs.
The therapeutic foster care system is designed to support children and adolescents with challenging backgrounds who have faced traumas, primarily due to their biological parents' inability to provide essential emotional and physical care for their normal development. 
Therapeutic foster care focuses on helping children exhibiting extreme and diverse behaviours, often requiring ongoing psychiatric supervision and emotional or medicinal treatment.   
In order to accommodate these children, therapeutic foster families must possess emotional resilience and family strength.
Therapeutic foster families receive extensive support throughout the process, including emotional support for the child as well as financial aid to alleviate the burden on the foster family.
When a child enters foster care, it is a transformative event that necessitates a high degree of readiness from the foster family. In the case of foster care for children with special needs, additional considerations come into play.

The CMAD foster care system addresses three types of limitations:

1. Masha - Mental-developmental limitations

2.     Autism

3.     Physical limitations

A family choosing to become a foster family for children with special needs receives comprehensive support from the moment they make the decision and throughout the process. This support encompasses psychological, financial, and enhanced medical assistance. 

We deeply admire and appreciate the families who choose to provide foster care for children with special needs.
It is natural for biological parents to be involved in their children's lives.
In most cases, they continue to be the children's legal guardians 
guardians and retain many parental rights. Foster care is essentially a cooperative parenting effort between the child's biological parents and the welfare services.
The involvement of biological parents is crucial for the development of children in foster care, and we always encourage fostering a positive relationship between foster and biological parents whenever possible.
In accordance with the child's and biological parent's needs, meetings with the children are scheduled weekly, biweekly, or monthly. These meetings take place at supervised contact centers or, in cases where supervision is not required,
at pre-arranged locations like the parents' home or a public park. Contact may be limited to phone calls in some instances, depending on the case.
For a child's mental health, it is vital to foster a strong relationship between the biological and foster parents.
All decisions made by welfare services, foster parents, and biological parents should prioritize the child's best interests and foster a healthy connection with their parents.
Foster care is a supplementary family framework for children whose parents are incapable of providing adequate care, ranging from incapacity to neglect. This solution allows children to grow up in a nurturing, supportive, and caring family environment while allowing parents to rehabilitate and eventually reunite with their children.
The primary recommendation in situations where multiple siblings require foster care is to keep them together.
Children can experience emotional challenges when they are separated from their parents and close siblings.
As a foster family, it is also beneficial to keep siblings together, as it provides the children with a familiar connection in a new environment.
A foster family receives ongoing support throughout the process,
process, including emotional support for both the child and the family,
as well as financial assistance to cover the children's expenses.

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