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Requirements for Becoming a Foster and/or Adoptive Parent

The requirements for becoming a foster care parent are as follows: must be at least 21 years old; must have a consistent and sufficient source of income to meet all household expenses throughout the year; there must be adequate space (a bed for each child separate from adults) and at least one bedroom, but ideally 2 or more bedrooms (it is not necessary to be a homeowner); individuals must complete 27 hours of training; individuals must complete clearances: medical/mental health; criminal; housing; and have respect for and interest in caring for children, youth and families. The agency will supply the applicant with directions on how to access fingerprint supported background clearances for all household members 18 years of age and older.

All applicants interested in becoming a foster parent will be studied for regular foster care, respite foster care, emergency foster care and/or adoption. Single adults may be licensed as foster/adoptive parents. Unmarried couples may be licensed; however, both adult parties must participate in the home study process.

If interested in becoming child foster care provider, please visit the web site listed below. The first step is to attend one of the informational meetings (see second link below). Qualifications are also listed on the site.

Online users who have additional questions and would like to be contacted by a departmental staff member may submit a request by clicking on the Create Service Request button below. Please complete all of the fields in the Contact Information section then scroll down to the bottom of the page and provide a brief description of the request in the Brief Description field.

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