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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. 

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