What are the requirements for being a foster parent?
- Foster parents must be at least 21 years of age and in good physical and mental health;
- They must be able to support themselves financially;
- They must be willing to assist and support the foster children’s contact with their natural parents;
- They assist in reuniting them with their families or prepare them for permanent homes through adoption;
- Children are placed in foster homes by matching their needs with the foster parent’s or families’ situations or requirements.
What types of children are in foster care?
Does it cost a lot of money to be a foster parent?
- The foster parents receive a monthly stipend to care for the child;
- The child or children are totally covered for medical and dental services; and
- Financial help with recreational and educational activities is available.
What types of people are foster parents?
Will the foster care process take a long time?
The process usually includes:
- Attending an informational meeting and completing an application;
- Attending a conveniently scheduled 10-week training program (MAPP – Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting); and
- Participating in a home study.
What is a 'home study'?