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Frequently asked questions
What are the requirements to become a foster parent?
There are four basic requirements to be eligible to become a foster parent:
  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must have sufficient space in your home for a child/children. 
  • You must complete a criminal background check.
  • You must demonstrate financial stability, as evidenced by the ability to cover your monthly expenses. 
How old do I have to be to be a foster parent?

You must be 18 years old to become a certified foster parent.

How do I become a foster parent and how long does it take?

The certification process can be done in less than 90 days. It involves an application, free training, a background check, and final certification. Learn more about each step. 

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What is the cost of becoming a certified foster parent?

Certification is FREE! We provide training classes and assistance with paperwork at no charge.

What kind of training do I need to become a certified foster parent?

The free training classes can be done in-person, virtually, or a combination of the two. You'll meet twice weekly for six weeks, each class lasting two to three hours. The curriculum is by Pressley Ridge and conducted by a certified Embrace TFC team member. The curriculum teaches foster parents skills, such as effective and appropriate communication, parenting techniques, behavior management strategies, and positive relationship building.

Do I have to own my own home to be a foster parent?

Foster parents do not have to own their own home but have a suitable living arrangement.

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Do I have to be married to be a foster parent?

You do not have to be married to become a certified foster parent. We place children in single- and two-parent homes and welcome foster parents of all races, religions, cultures, and sexual orientations.

Can I have a job and still foster a child?

Yes! Many foster parents have full—or part-time jobs. We can help you access your local community resources.

Can I have pets in the home?

You can have pets in your home, but they must be vaccinated and have a license.

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Is there financial assistance if a child in foster care is living with my family?

Yes. Payments are based on the child’s age and their level of need.  As a result, it can vary from child to child and change throughout their placement.

What are the expectations of a foster parent? What are the primary responsibilities?

As a foster parent, you’re expected to meet the needs of a child placed with your family just as you would a biological child.  You will also need to be a member of the treatment team process.

Can I adopt a child in foster care?

Yes, as long as their goal is adoption.

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After a child is placed in my home, what help and support do you provide?

We conduct home visits based on the child’s level of care and assist in accessing community resources that the family or child may need. We also provide free annual ongoing training. Families will have access to 24/7 on-call support with Embrace TFC team members. 

Do I have to provide health insurance for a child in my care?

No. Children in foster care receive Medicaid, and the Embrace TFC team assists in identifying providers who accept it. 

How long will a child be with my family?

The length of time varies based on the child’s goals and needs and is determined by the court system.

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