There are far more children in need of foster homes than there are foster homes to offer. This tragic fact means that many children are being placed outside of their home community, or in shelters. When this happens, children lose not only their family, but also their school friends, teachers, coaches, and sense of connection to their community. Child welfare professionals are ensuring more and more foster parents with foster care training need to be prepared for the responsibility of caring for these children.
What Are the Requirements?
Requirements to foster vary from state to state, so check for your state’s requirements specifically, but here are some basic guidelines to meet for those who are living in Kansas:
- Be at least 21 or older and meet basic income guidelines
- Free from any government assistance
- Able to provide a bedroom space that meets local fire codes and have a separate bed for each child
- Have reliable transportation
- Agree to use non-physical discipline for children
- Complete background checks for household
How Does the Training Work?
There are four essential components of training for becoming a foster care parent:
- 30 hours of MAPP Training (Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting).
- 3 hours of First Aid Training (must be in person training).
- Medication Administration and Universal precautions before licensure and renew every two years.
- 12 hours (at least) of in-service training per licensing year on subjects that promote their skills and interests as providers.
Learn More About Foster Care Training
The training and licensure are provided at no charge as we prepare you to provide a safe environment for a foster child. For more information and details on what to expect, visit our website or contact us, and we will ensure you’ll receive all the information needed.