Becoming a foster parent


You must be at least 18 years of age or older to be approved as a foster parent. Individuals and/or couples must have the time and energy to give to a child and must meet all the approval requirements, which include, but are not limited to the following:

Steps in the approval process
  1. Successfully complete pre-service training
  2. Complete a Mutual Family Assessment and application for a family home license
  3. Participate in at least three (3) face-to-face interviews
  4. Submit a national Fingerprint Criminal Record check, a child abuse and neglect history check, and a DMV check
  5. Submit the names of three (3) references

Along with training, local departments of social services (LDSS) provide financial support and other resources to assist children and families throughout the process.

To begin the exciting journey to become a foster parent, contact your local department of social services (LDSS).