Frequently asked

What are the basic qualifications to become a foster parent?

To foster with a Foster Plus agency, you must meet the following basic requirements:

  • At least 21 years old
  • Can pass a background check
  • Can demonstrate financial independence (families cannot be dependent upon the foster care stipend)
  • Complete orientation and pre-certification training, and maintain certification through continued education and training
  • Reliable transportation
  • At least one driver over the age of 21 with a valid Oregon driver’s license
  • Separate bedroom with a door and a window for the foster kid placed in your home

Local agencies may have additional requirements beyond those listed here. Contact your local agency to learn more.

What type of financial compensation will I get as a foster parent? 

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.

Do I receive training before a young person is placed in my home?

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.

Do I get a say in which kids are placed with me?

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.

How long will the kid stay in my home?

In general, you should expect the kid to stay in your home for six months to two years.

What happens if I have an issue with a child in my home?

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.

How long does it take to get certified?

The certification process usually takes between six weeks and four months, but this can vary among local agencies. 

Do I get breaks as a foster parent?

Yes. Part-time foster parents are available to care for your foster kid when you need a break. You’ll have at least 48 hours off each month. Breaks can be two nights in a row or a few hours at a time, depending on what you need.

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