How to Become a Foster Parent

Foster mother and boy

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent or just want some more information, the first step is to call 1-800-565-1884 and talk to someone who can answer your questions and get you started.

After calling the 1-800 number, the next step is to attend one of our foster care information sessions. These sessions will provide you with more detail about what is involved in fostering, as well as information and an overview of the application and approval process.

All foster parent applicants are asked to provide detailed information about themselves, and part of this process involves conducting criminal records checks; Child Abuse Register searches; reference checks, medical history, and personal background information. Each applicant will also take part in a home safety review of their residence.

All prospective foster parents are provided with a nine session training program to help them understand how the child welfare system works, the issues they may face in their new roles, and what is involved with parenting children who, for a variety of reasons, cannot live with their birth families.

The final step in becoming a foster parent is the family assessment. This is where a foster care social worker will meet with you several times to assess your readiness for providing a safe, loving and nurturing home for a child in care.

At any step in this process, you can decide to withdraw or slow down your application process. Becoming a foster parent is an important decision, and we want you to be sure of your choice to become a placement resource for a child in care.

How long does it take to become a Foster Parent

Some people think that because there is a shortage of foster families, becoming a foster parent happens quickly.

There are too many children who have experienced the tragedy of abuse and neglect, so we do need many competent foster families. However, the children need us to be careful about who becomes foster parents because we don’t want the children to be hurt anymore.

The training and assessment process takes about six to eight months.

Next steps

Read the infomation contained on this site by follow the links in the left-hand column. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent or just want some more information, call 1-800-565-1884 and talk to someone who can answer your questions and get you started.

Watch our series of foster care videos.