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 in foster care live with us?
Most commonly, a child will be placed for between 6 to 12 months. Placements will be categorized as short term or long term. On occasion, it may only be a few days while relatives of the child are identified. If it is not possible to reunite foster children with their families, foster families may be asked if they are interested in adoption.
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.
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. There are requirements for how many foster children you can care for depending on the number of bedrooms you have available.
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.
Am I responsible for all financial expenses for my foster child?
No! There are many financial supports for foster children, including a clothing allowance, Medicaid eligibility, and free lunch at school.
Can I ever chose to adopt a foster child?
The goal for every foster child is to provide them with a stable, loving home. If the child becomes eligible for adoption, in most cases, the foster parents are given the opportunity to adopt. The goal is to maintain stability in that child’s life. Adoption from Foster Care is an affordable alternative to private adoption.