How to Go About Becoming a Foster Parent in 2018

Foster parenting a child

Right now in our home state of Kansas, there are over 6,000 children placed into out of home care. Yet, there are only 2,000 foster homes registered within the state of Kansas, creating a massive gap that contributes to children being placed outside of their home communities in shelters. When this happens to them, they lose their friends, family, schools, teachers, and connection to their community – which is critical for children living in a fostering situation.

Foster parents are direly needed right now, for children of all ages, to provide safe, nurturing, and supporting environments.

How to become a foster parent to this little girl

If you’re considering becoming a foster parent this year, here are a few easy steps for kick-starting the process:

  1. Be Prepared for All Outcomes: The commitment to being a foster parent is a permanent one. You need to understand that in many cases, fostering is not temporary. Yes, you need to provide temporary care, love, and nurturance to the children in any timeframe. But, you must also be prepared to serve as the legal guardian for the children while they immerse themselves in the community. You might even need to adopt the children in fully on their journey to achieve normalcy. Be sure you understand all of the implications that come with signing up as a foster parent.
  2. Understand Kansas Foster Types: In addition to the different demands of a foster parent, it’s also important to know that the state of Kansas contains: family foster parents, specialized foster care, treatment foster parents, intensive foster parents, adoption foster parents, and kinship foster parents. Feel free to look at the classification differences between the labels here.
  3. Complete Necessary Training: You need to commit to a certain amount of training before being regarded a foster parent by our system. We require you complete 30 hours of TIPS-MAPP Training or 21 hours of TIPS-DT Training. We also require you complete 3 hours of First Aid Training, as well as the Medication Administration and Universal precautions prior to licensure renewal each year. Lastly, you must complete a minimum of 8 hours of continuing in-service training per calendar year on subjects that promote their skills.
  4. Exhibit Unconditional Love: Before you make the final fostering step, you must reflect on the fact that you don’t have total control over which children at place within your home. You have to be able to love unconditionally, no matter the child’s age, sex, ethnicity, debilitations, or personality types. Unconditional love is the most important thing for these children at this point in their lives.

TFI Family Services, Inc.
Here at TFI, we’re happy to support you and promote success between you and the children in your home. We provide regular contact, respite, ongoing training, support groups, assistance, home visits, team meetings, and more to make sure you are reimbursed, educated, and supported throughout your foster parenting journey.