What is Foster Care?

When children are not able to stay safely in their own homes, they often come into the state’s custody (foster care).

The agency works diligently toward a safe return home for our children (reunification). The length of time a child may be in a foster home could vary from one night to one year. In some circumstances, adoption will become the goal, and a child will need a "forever" home.

What are the Responsibilities of a Foster Parent?

It requires patience and sacrifice to open your heart and home to a child that has experienced loss and trauma. Children in foster care need someone who is willing to walk with them through their pain and help them heal. They need unconditional love and understanding. They need someone who will work with their parents, where safe and appropriate, to build protective capacity and strengthen the family, recognizing that most children in foster care will return to their families.

Minimum Requirements:

  • At least 21 years old
  • Single, married, divorced or widowed
  • Financially stable (able to meet the needs of your family)
  • Good physical, emotional and mental health
  • Adequate space in your home for another child
  • Pass state and federal criminal clearance
  • Attend pre-service training
  • Participate in a home study

Code of Ethics for Foster Parents:

The Code of Ethics is a public statement by the National Foster Parent Association that sets clear expectations and principles to articulate basic values and to guide practice. Family foster care is a public trust that requires foster parents to be dedicated to service for the welfare of the children in their care.

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For more information on becoming a certified foster/adoptive parent, view the following resources: