Becoming a Foster/Adoptive Parent
Do you feel "called" to be a foster or adoptive parent?
It’s for them!
Basic Foster Care/Adoption
Do I have the basic requirements to apply?
What is the process to certification?
Available space in your home
Valid Driver’s License
Social Security Card
Valid source of income
Schedule an orientation
Fingerprint Clearance/Background Check/Physical Exam & TB Test
Complete Vehicle Clearance
Pre-Approval Training & Initial Home Inspection
Home Study & Final Home Inspection
"This agency reserves the right to dismiss an applicant at any time during the initial precertification process."
Specialized Foster Care/Adoption
You want to serve but you can’t commit to long-term placements?
Become a respite home.
Respite homes are short-term foster homes. Foster parents usually take over for another family for a weekend, rarely more than two weeks, for emergencies or vacations. You choose when you’re available to take in children; very flexible. Temporarily care for another family’s foster children. Gives the children’s original foster family a bit of a break. Helps reduce caregiver stress and improve their general well-being.
Requirements, trainings, and the process are the same as “regular” foster care.
Intensive Services Foster Care (ISFC)
Requirements - ISFC resource parents have a background in nursing, special education, psychological counseling, or child development to open their homes to children/NMDs with special and more intensive needs. All requirements are similar to "Regular Foster Care," however, additional training will be provided.
Children/Non-Minor Dependents may:
Have severe emotional and behavioral concerns
Be victims of commercial sexual exploitation (CSEC)
Have previous inpatient psychiatric care
Need psychotropic medication
Be "difficult to place" teenagers
Have Developmental Disabilities (i.e., Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disability)
These children and NMDs may require specialized in-home health care such as enteral feeding tube, parenteral feeding, a cardiorespiratory monitor, intravenous therapy, a ventilator, oxygen support, urinary catheterization, renal dialysis, ministrations imposed by tracheostomy, colostomy, ileostomy, or other medical or surgical procedures or special medication regimens, including injection, and intravenous medication.