It takes patience to be a parent.
That’s something you already know. But as for becoming a foster parent, we want to make sure you know the full story.
We appreciate your interest in using your parental expertise to help another child make out in life. Now, about your experience as a parent and the skills they have already provided you; want to hear something funny? By law, we have to put you in the same ‘parent training’ classes as new parents, for the same amount of time. There are 36 hours total of mandated instruction time. But here’s the good news: its up to us how best to use that time to train. While you’ll find a good deal of the instruction illuminating and useful for yourself, we try to create opportunities for you to impart some of your proven, practical, and very valuable parental knowledge on first-time parents-in-training. Yes, you can help even more kids find a family by helping new parents find their footing.
Prior to training, your case worker will conduct a home study, interviewing you and any members of your family also living in the home. Your house will receive a safety inspection, and—to meet all state requirements—a background check and drug screening will be performed.
We appreciate your pursuing the idea of fostering a child. You can find out where to begin by contacting your county’s children services agency (just click on the blue button below to find your local agency).