Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions about Fostering and Adopting
How old do you need to be?
You must be at least 21 years of age.
Do you have to earn a certain income?
You must be able to meet your household needs without government assistance.
Do you have to be married?
No, you can be married, single, divorced or widowed.
Can you be a foster or adoptive parent if you work?
Yes. Extra help for the cost of day care may be available.
What important qualities should a foster or adoptive parent have?
Foster or adoptive parents should be flexible, patient, good problem solvers, and willing to connect to community resources. Children do not need perfect parents, just loving individuals willing to meet the unique challenges of parenting and make a commitment to caring and nurturing them.
Who are the children in foster care?
Children in foster care were removed from their families due to abuse, neglect or dependency. A child can be placed with extended family, a foster family, or in a group home while social workers try to help the birth family. The goal of DHHS is to help reunify children with their birth family. If reunification with the birth family is not possible, DHHS determines the most appropriate alternative permanent plan for the child. Adoption is one possible alternative plan. Foster children range in age from infant to 21.