Foster parents come from all walks of life, and we need families with different abilities and strengths to care for the variety of children who enter the foster care system. Foster parents can be single and married, own their own homes and rent apartments, work in and outside of their homes. Many foster families already have children, but some are caring for children for the first time. There is not a minimum income requirement for foster parents as long as you can take care of your family's expenses. Most importantly, foster families need to provide safe and caring homes for children.
To become a foster parent, you must meet the following requirements:
- Are 21 years of age or older
- Have sufficient room in your home for an additional child
- Have reliable transportation
- Comply with home safety requirements ie., (operating smoke detectors, fire extinguisher near cooking area and other safety measures)
- Completion of application forms such as; personal references, FBI, criminal and child abuse background checks and pass a medical appraisal by a physician
- Complete 24 pre-service training hours as required by the agency
We hope you consider becoming involved in the foster care system - by becoming a foster parent, respite caregiver, adoptive parent or supporting the work of foster and adoptive families in your area. Children need someone special to provide them with love and support - you might be that person.