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How to Foster


The steps to becoming a foster parent are very similar to those as adopting, and involve many of the same seven steps. The first step is deciding you want to foster and contacting a foster care agency. It usually takes about a year from the time you first contact an agency to the time when a child is placed with you. This estimate can vary depending on the agency you’re working with and the State where you live.

Learn more about the steps to becoming a foster parent below, including a video overview of what each step is about. If you already have a relationship with a child you’re looking to foster (such as having been their teacher, coach, pastor, neighbor, etc.) the order of the following steps may be altered.

For more information about becoming a foster parent, contact us.

The Road to Adoption and Foster Care

Hear real children share their experiences of foster care and adoption, and learn more about the process of becoming a foster and adoptive parent in our film. (Flash – 1:45 hr.)

Deciding to Pursue Fostering

Deciding to pursue becoming a foster parent is the first step and where you will contact a local agency and attend an orientation meeting.

Applying to Foster

Applying to become a foster parent is the second step and where you’ll complete required training and your application to foster.

Completing a Foster Home Study

Completing a home study is the third step and where your caseworker meets with you in your home to determine if you’re ready to become a foster parent.

Getting Approved to Foster

Getting approved to provide foster care is the fourth step where background checks are done and your home study is completed.

Receiving a Foster Placement

This is the fifth step and final step in becoming a foster parent, and where a child or sibling group is temporarily placed with you.

Being a Foster Parent

Being a foster parent is a rewarding experience, whether the place is for several days or several months. Just remember you’re never alone and there is a wealth of resources to help you along the way.

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