Foster parents need to be at least 21 years of age and comply with criminal history and child protection background checks.
Although foster parents should be financially stable, they are reimbursed a maintenance payment for providing care for foster children.
Foster parents can select the age range, gender, and special needs of the children for which they provide care.
Foster parents can be licensed to provide care for a specific child known to the family.
Foster children do not need to have their own bedroom. They do need their own bed and sufficient space for their personal items.
Only foster children 12 and over can be in a basement bedroom and there must be an egress window in their bedroom. The lower level of a bi-level home is not considered a basement if the floor is equal or less than 30 inches below ground level.
There will be a minimum of two or three home visits to your home to complete a Foster Care Home Study. There will be one visit with each adult applicant and one visit with all family members.
You will need to give the Licensing Specialist a copy of the following before being licensed:
Proof of Auto Insurance.
Proof of Pet Immunizations.
Complete the PRIDE Training Course as soon as possible, preferably before you are licensed. This training is a 24 hour course conducted over three Saturdays and is offered three times per year. Please contact a Licensing Specialist to register.