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To prepare families and ensure we’re placing kids in homes where they can heal and grow, the certification process involves several steps and typically takes between six weeks and four months. During this time, key steps include training, paperwork, meetings with your support team, a background check and a home inspection. Download our information sheet to learn more.
Deciding to become a foster parent is a major commitment, and it’s normal for one partner to be enthusiastic and the other to have doubts. If your partner does not feel ready, these tips can help you start a dialogue about why you want to foster—and may lead to a change of heart:
When you become a foster parent, your life will change. You’ll have less free time and may need to cancel plans at the last minute to provide extra care for the kid you’re fostering. It’s important to talk to your friends and family about this major life change and to find people close to you who can support you in your fostering journey.
You may also want to build connections with other foster parents in your community. Look for support groups online and in your area, and ask your local agency if they can connect you with other families.
To foster with a Foster Plus agency, you must meet the following basic requirements:
Local agencies may have additional requirements beyond those listed here. Contact your local agency to learn more.
Foster Plus agencies provide foster parents a stipend starting at $1,400/month. The stipend varies among agencies and based on the needs of each kid. It’s used to cover costs such as food, transportation, clothing, utility bills and activities.
Yes. All families must go through a certification process before qualifying. Training is an important part of this process, and you’ll receive specialized training to make sure you’re ready to address the young person’s specific needs. Download our information sheet to learn more about the training and support you'll receive.
The placement process is a team effort, and your local agency's staff will work to understand which young people will be the best fit for your family. During the certification process, your certifier will work with you to determine your strengths, helping to ensure a successful match with each placement.
Support staff are available around the clock to help you with any issues that may arise. You’ll receive a list of contacts and are encouraged to reach out any time. In addition, you’ll receive specialized training to help you address a number of specific situations.
The certification process usually takes between six weeks and four months, but this can vary among local agencies. Download our information sheet to learn more.