Be the beginning
You may not think of yourself as different or special, but your empathy for young people who are hurting sets you apart. You know that every kid does better with a steady supply of unconditional care, safety and support—and you feel driven to open your home and your heart to make a difference in a young person’s life.
Although every foster family is different, the families best suited to this commitment tend to be:
The families who foster through Foster Plus agencies represent the diversity of the state and the diversity of the young people receiving care. Though you don’t need to have the same background as the young people you foster, having a diverse pool of available families helps agencies match kids and teens with the people who can best meet their specific needs. This includes foster parents who:
There are a disproportionate number of young people of color in the foster care system, and caring for them requires cultural competency and an understanding of the challenges that many kids of color face.
LGBTQ+ foster parents can offer understanding and acceptance that reaches young people during a time of self-discovery and transition.
If you have experience as a traditional foster parent and are ready to take the next step, Foster Plus is a great way to amplify your impact.
If you’ve experienced and overcome trauma, you may have a greater ability to support and understand a young person who’s struggling to overcome a difficult past.
Your professional training and drive to make a difference can help you connect with a kid in need.
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.