Who can become a foster parent?

You may become a foster or adoptive parent if:

  • You are single, married, or divorced
  • You are of any race, gender, religion, or ethnic origin
  • You are over the age of 21 years old
  • You have stable income and can meet your own financial needs
  • You have stable and appropriate housing
  • You do not have to meet any education requirement but must be able to demonstrate the ability to read and write
  • You can be a working parent
  • You must pass criminal background checks
  • You must be able to meet the needs of the children in foster care
  • Your home has adequate space for each child (maximum of 5 youth including your own children)
  • Relatives may also be foster parents if all criteria is met

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1. Why are children in Foster Care?
2. What is the goal of Foster Care?
3. What happens when a child cannot be reunified with their parents?
4. Who can become a foster parent?
5. How do I get started?
6. What are the types of foster care?