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Foster Care FAQs

What are the requirements of a foster parent?

A: Foster parents must be at least 21 years of age, have income to financially support themselves and be in good physical and mental health.

  • They must be willing to support foster children's contact with their biological parents and cooperate with the agency's efforts to reunite them with their families or prepare them for permanent homes through adoption.
  • Foster parents can adopt their foster children.
  • Children are placed in foster homes by matching their needs with the foster parent(s) situations. You will never be asked to accept a foster child you are not prepared to help. You select the level of needs and age group of the children you would like to foster.

What types of kids are waiting to be placed in foster care?

A: Children of all ages, origins, ethnicity and backgrounds are waiting to be fostered. Some of the children are toddlers. Others are teenagers. A portion may need extra attention. However, they share one common thread. All of these children need a loving family and a place to call home. We have a particular need for parents who:

  • Can stay at home to care for infants and preschool children;
  • Are interested in teaching independent living skills to adolescents or;
  • Can care for children with medical needs or mental retardation.

Does it cost a lot of money to be a foster parent?

A: NO! Foster parents receive monthly compensation to support the child's needs and:

  • The child or children are totally covered for medical and dental services.
  • Help with recreational and educational activities is available.
  • You receive free specialized training from experienced clinical staff.

What types of people are foster parents?

A: Everyday people just like you are fostering children You DO NOT need to be rich or married to be a foster parent. You DO need to have a desire to provide a nurturing, safe and loving environment to a child.

What is the process?

A: The length of time will vary, depending on the procedures involved in each situation. The process usually includes:

  • Attending an informational meeting.
  • Completing an application.
  • Attending a training program.
  • Participating in a home study with a staff member from DePelchin.

What is a home study?

A: A home study is a collaborative effort with the family to help determine if foster care will fit their family lifestyle. During the home study, the staff member will assess the home environment and complete a written summary on the strengths, skills, behavior, attitudes, stamina, ability to work as a member of a professional team and any other characteristics considered as assets to support the family’s ability to be a successful parent partner with DePelchin. The staff member will work with you to help determine the level of needs and age group of the children for which you are best suited to foster.