Saturday, October 13, 2012

{31 Days} Choosing to Foster - State Guidelines

I am SO excited for any of you that have decided to foster. I would love to walk with you on this new journey! The next seven days will cover information about taking the steps to foster and what it looks like to fit it into your family.

State Guidelines
All states require a license to become a foster family. This process varies slightly depending on which state you live in.  It will typically involve a licensing worker to visit your home and meet with you and other family members. Law requires an income in which you can support yourself and minimum personal, safety, and space requirements. Foster parents will undergo training and work with social services staff to determine the type of child(ren) best suited for their home (i.e., age, health issues, and gender).

Adopt US Kids has an amazing resource for “State Adoption and Foster Care Information.”

You will find:

  •         Foster Care Guidelines
  •         State Department of Social Services Info
  •         Foster Parent Licensing Requirements 
  •         Adoption Licensing Requirements 
  •         Costs to Foster and Adopt 
  •         Agency Contact and Orientation Information (listed by county or region) 
  •         Parent Support Group Contacts 
  •    Adoption & Post-Adoption Support Information
  •         Information on your state’s Waiting Children
f     Tomorrow: Choosing to Foster - Being on the same page with your spouse


  1. oh I cant wait to read this series! Thanks for sharing :-)

    1. Thanks Becca! Welcome to Foster Dreams. ~Tristen :)