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How Do I Become A Foster Parent?

Becoming a foster parent is one of the most rewarding experiences for a family. Caring for children who have been abused or neglected and being a role model for the biological parents who are working to be reunified with their children is the ultimate public trust.

If you would like to become a foster parent, you will work with the Department of Children and Families and a local community-based care organization, who will assess the strengths and needs of the family and determine if the foster parent program is a suitable match.

Here are some steps you will have to take to become a foster parent:

  • Attend an orientation.

  • Complete 20 to 30 hours of foster parent training.

  • Have a child abuse and criminal background check.

  • Participate in a home inspection.

  • Participate in a home study to review your readiness for fostering.

For more information about becoming a foster parent, find contacts in your area.

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