How to Become a Foster Parent

Hello everyone! By now you know that Bryce and I became parents by adopting through the foster care system! It did not happen overnight nor did we think it would happen with our first placement. You can read more about receiving our first placement here. Since becoming foster parents so many friends and family members have approached us about how they might too become foster parents.

I wanted to create this post to help you get started if needed!

  1. Requirements:  If you are interested, you are probably wondering about requirements.
    • Financial stable in life. Meaning stable job and income and are able to at least meet your own family needs.
    • To adopt you need to be 18 or older and to foster 21 and older.
    • You will need to get a physical and obtain a note from your physician stating you are mentally and physically fit to care for children.
    • Be a U.S. citizen.
    • Licensing Agency will help you obtain
      • A fingerprint clearance card and background check.
      • Participate in a home study and pass a state home inspection.
  2. Attend a foster care orientation: If you are in Arizona the following site is a great source to look at dates, locations, and times to attend an orientation. I always recommend to go to an orientation even if you are just curious! It is best to be well informed in making a decision!
  3. Choose a licensing agency: In my experience, at the orientation you are given a list of agencies to choose from. Read through the list and do your homework! Do not rush this process. Call different agencies and understand what is expected of you. You want to choose an agency that will work with you in providing the best care for your foster children.  Find an agency that will work with your needs as a foster parent and provide the adequate support you need.  The agency you choose can become the greatest support system in this journey.  During your home study, they will become up close and personal. In addition they will come on monthly visits and conduct home walk through.  Choose an agency you can trust.
  4. Foster Care Training Class:  Before you can start class, you do need to pass your background check. I believe it took about a month, so be sure to get that started in advance.   Bryce and I took an accelerated course. We went to class twice, sometimes three times a week for five weeks.  There were also weekly homework assignments that went with the class.  The information given in the class was actually very helpful and eye opening.
  5. Pass your state home inspection. Do not worry, before this inspection is scheduled your licensing agency will make sure your home is in compliance. Really your agency will walk you every step of the way.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to comment below.

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  1. Erin says:

    Hello! We are foster parents too. It is interesting to see the different processes. I agree that choosing the right agency is very important! The one we chose had extra requirements, such as a 37 page application and interview process, but it just showed how much they care about where the kids go and we love them!

    1. Melina says:

      It is actually great there are so many different agencies, because you can choose which would benefit you! Mine required extra paperwork each month, which was fine with just one, but when we added two more and our own, it became overwhelming!

  2. Mikala says:

    I love this. I really want to be a foster parent some day

    1. Melina says:

      Awesome! All you really need is a willing heart!

  3. Great info! I have always wondered what the requirements were/are. I still am not sure if this is the route the Lord will be taking my husband and I, but I always love to research and get as much info as possible! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Melina says:

      Hi Madelyn,
      I agree! Gather as much information as you can and make the best decision for your family! Bryce and I did the same thing.

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