What is Required to Become a Foster Parent?

Many families are under the impression only certain people are able to foster. This idea has become prevalent through mass media sources like television or  movies, but it is very wrong. You do not need to own your home nor even be married to help children currently living in the foster care system. Here are the requirements to become a foster parent currently defined by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services.

What is Required to Become a Foster Parent?

  • Foster parents must be at least 21 years of age and have a driver’s license with working vehicle in the household.
  • Foster parents may be single. If they are in a relationship (or divorced) the relationship must be a healthy one devoid of serious conflict or domestic disputes.
  • A resource family must be able to manage their current financial needs without reliance upon the foster care reimbursement checks. This can include food stamps, WIC, child support, and other forms of income pertaining to members of your CURRENT household.
  • All members of your household over the age of thirteen must pass criminal background checks. This does include any minor children you may have or those of any family members currently living with you. This ensures there are no previous allegations regarding abuse or neglect of any kind.
  • Foster parents must be in good health, both mentally and physically, and be able to provide personal and/or work references.
  • Resource homes must provide appropriate sleeping arrangements for each foster placement. This does not have to be their own room, but must be their own bed in a room which does not include members of the opposite gender.
  • Foster parents must agree to never smoke in either the resource home or vehicle when children are present.
  • Potential fosters will need to agree to compliance on the Department of Health Service’s rules on discipline. These may be different than those you would choose to use on your biological children but are the ONLY allowances regarding discipline with children in the foster care system.

For more information on becoming a foster parent contact us today. We would love to give you more information and help you on your path to becoming a state licensed resource home.