Are you considering fostering for a child in need of a new home? Have you wondered what the requirements are to make this type of impact on a young person’s life? Not only will you have to provide temporary care, love, and nurturance to children while serving as a mentor to their parent, but you will also have to pass an assessment of meeting a specific list of requirements.
Those Requirements Include:
- Be at least 21 years of age
- Be in good physical and mental health
- Have sufficient income to meet current expenses
- Able to provide beds and bedrooms for additional children
- Submit to a search of DFPS records
- Submit fingerprints of all who will be living in the household
- Ensure no household member has a prior conviction of any sexual offense
- Have a working vehicle and phone
- Be a legal resident
- Complete required pre-service training
Once you meet all of those requirements, a foster child can then be placed with your family where they must be treated as much like a biological child would be within state guidelines. Depending on the agreement of the placement, this child could continue to have contact with their birth parents, and you will be expected to oversee and mentor this type of relationship.
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Most foster parents do not take their responsibilities as a temporary household lightly. It will be essential for you to take the position you have received seriously and to provide the best, loving home possible for these children who already feel abandoned, lost, and out of place.
For more information on how to get started fostering, contact us, and we can guide you in the right direction. These children deserve to have someone giving and caring on their side, and if that’s what you plan on doing, this arrangement could be right for you.