With your extra commitment comes extra support. The families that open their homes and their hearts to make a difference in a young person’s life are supported every step of the way with extra training, extra financial support and around-the-clock access to a passionate group of professionals, mentors and peers committed to standing with you.
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.
Learn about our team of care and the support at every turn. You’re more ready than you think.
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