Frequently Asked Questions
What are the requirements to become a foster family?
There are basic requirements to be eligible to become a foster family. All applicants must:
Be at least 21 years of age
Have sufficient space for a child
Successfully complete a criminal background check
Demonstrate financial stability (i.e., ability to cover personal monthly expenses)
What is the cost to become certified?
Certification is FREE!
How long will a child be in my home?
Most commonly, a child will be placed for between 6 to 12 months. Placements will be categorized as short term or long term.
Do I have to be married to be a foster parent?
Embrace welcomes all types of families including; single parent and two parent homes of all races, religions, cultures, sexual orientations, gender, etc.
Is there an age requirement to foster?
Foster parents must be a minimim age of 21.
Do I have to own my own home to be a foster parent?
Foster parents can reside in homes they own or rent, including apartments, condos, or duplexes.
Can I have a job and still foster a child?
Yes! Many foster parents have a full or part-time job. We can even help you find child care if needed.
Do I get paid for having a foster child in my home?
Yes, however foster care reimbursement may not cover all cost of caring for a child. There are many financial supports for foster children, including a clothing allowance, recreational funds, and free lunch at school.
Do I have to provide health insurance for the child in my care?
No! Children in care are eligible for Medicaid and the Embrace team works with providers accepting Medicaid insurance.