A lot single individuals want to become foster parents, but aren’t sure if this is a possibility. First of all, in most states in the United States this is absolutely allowed. In the state of Texas specifically, you are allowed to be a single foster parent just as long as you meet all of the requirements. Here are 3 common questions that potential single foster parents have.
1. Is the Application Process Different for Single Foster Parents?
Both single foster parents and married ones are required to meet the basic requirements and complete the process. You must be at least 21 years of age, provide proof of income, submit fingerprints, have a working phone, have a working vehicle, complete the house assessment, and be in good mental and physical health. If you can prove this, and also complete all of the training, then you will be well on your way to becoming a single foster parent for the first time.
2. Can I Still Work Full Time?
Even if you work full time, you can still be a single foster parent. The requirement is that you are able to provide care for the child while you are working. This would be an approved day care agency or family member who meets the requirements and training. This allows you to work and make the income that you need, while also being a foster parent at the same time.
3. How Much Money Do I Need to Make Each Month?
There isn’t a set amount of money that you need to make each month. However, you must be able to fully support yourself before taking in a foster child. This provides a stable home for the foster child to come into and creates the best experience possible for both you and the child.
Learn More About Single Foster Parents
To learn more about becoming a single foster parent, visit us at Texas Family Initiative.