When parents are unable, unwilling or unfit to care for a child, the a new home must be found for the child. In some cases, there is little or no chance a child can return to their parents' custody, so they need a new permanent home. In other situations, children only need a temporary home until their parents' situation changes. In any case, the children need somewhere to stay until a permanent home is possible, which is where foster parents home in.

General Requirements for foster parents Each state has different rules, regulations and procedures or guidelines to follow. Most states require that the foster parents be licensed by the state, others simply approve the home for placement of children. Basic requirements usually include:

  • completion of an application for family home license
  • background check, criminal history check and finger printing of each adult member of the household
  • family stability
  • home inspection and personal interview
  • character references
  • minimum age of applicant: 21
  • prior to licensure/certification pre-service training

Foster parents receive a partial reimbursement of costs incurred for each child in your care.

Getting Started: Foster Parenting Through your State Agency If you decide you are interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent, please contact your state's foster care specialist. They will be more than happy to discuss with you the process of training and approval of your home. Refer to our State by State page for contact information for states's foster care specialist

Getting Started: Become a Foster Parent Through a Private Agency In most States, there are private agencies also providing adoptive and foster care services. These agencies could use your help as well. To find out about these agencies, contact your state's licensing specialist address and phone. The specialist can provide you with a list of agencies licensed to provide foster care or adoptive services in your state.

Online Training: For foster parents who need training credit hours, FosterClub provide training courses that are youth informed. Learn more here...

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I live in gardnerville

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I live in gardnerville nevada and cant find any links for foster care for this county does anyone know if douglas couty has foster care?

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Im 27 but also a diabetic on

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Im 27 but also a diabetic on social security disability would that disqualify me if i live in california

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anonymous...My parents did

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anonymous...My parents did foster care when I was a teenager. It effects each child and family differently. My foster siblings were welcomed into the family like they had been there all along. We would get upset when people said we werent 'real' siblings. We fought like siblings, we loved like siblings. Yes it changes the family dynamic, but no more so than the birth of a child. My siblings were my family, biological or not. There were good times, there were bad times. As an adult, I maintain a close relationship with two of my three foster siblings.

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There is no credit check,

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There is no credit check, you just got to be Good parents!!!

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How do foster children in

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How do foster children in the home effect children already in the home setting? I have a daughter age 13 adopted as a toddler. I wonder if it would be upsetting to her to add to the family. I have never asked her. I just always have felt that my family is not all here with me yet. Is foster care a good idea for a single midwest mom like me?

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Rosana Dean I HAVE A

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Rosana Dean I HAVE A WONDERFUL BABY GIRL ,WHO WE HAVE BEEN BLESS WITH ON OCT/1/2010 AND SHE HAS BEEN A BLESSING TO ME AND MY HUSBAND .WE HAVE GROWN TO LISTEN TO EACH OTHER, UNDERSTAND ONE ANOTHER AND HAVING THIS BABY GIRL IN OUR HAVE BEEN A GREAT BLESSING.

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Rosana Dean

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Rosana Dean

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We have been fostering for

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We have been fostering for 13 years and currently have our 52nd child. We love these children and have been blessed to be kept in many of their lives for years after they have left our care. We just went to a dance recital last week for a child that we had 10 years ago - she's still our baby girl! We love what we do and can't imagine not helping these families in need. I wish more people would get involved.

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As the previous person said,

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As the previous person said, please do NOT become a foster parent for the money. It is NOT a job. That money is not to pay you for what you do- it is to go to the children and teens. Would you give birth to a child and expect an income for it? No. This is the exact same concept. Everything you do dramatically impacts these foster youth- do NOT hurt them because you are in this for money.

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For people that want to

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For people that want to become foster parents, If you are trying to become one as a job, you should reconsider. Being a foster parent is exactly what it says in the title, it is being a parent. You can not put that on your resume and you would not be a nanny. You do not get paid well, and your heart needs to be fully in it, or you may hurt alot of children/teens. Thank you.

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I am fostering my 2

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I am fostering my 2 grandchildren as a single parent just as I did my own 3 children. How rewarding it has been. Ages 5 and 3; the 3 yr old is a diabetic. Wow, I've learned a lot about that. Soon, I will be adopting them. So, here goes another 15 years till I'm done parenting. Wish me luck and keep us in your prayers. Thanks in advance.

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Hi, anonymous, check info

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Hi, anonymous, check info about foster care agencies in KY here:

http://www.adoptuskids.org/resourcecenter/rrtpackets/kentucky.aspx

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how many foster agency are

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how many foster agency are in ky and what are they called by name

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I'm interested in foster

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I'm interested in foster care and I would like to know are ther classes I need to take to qaulify

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I'm sorry - I'm not sure.

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I'm sorry - I'm not sure. Every state is different. I suggest you ask them directly.

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hello, my husband and i went

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hello, my husband and i went to the 3-hr orentation in Michigan to become licensed to take a foster child. At the meeting they said "we check everything about you" do they do credit checks? do they just go paycheck stubs for the last 90 days or do you have to give them your income return? we know they do crimal checks, ect. but how far do they dig into your finances?

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That's a good question. Only

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That's a good question. Only one way to find out. Good luck as you consider moving forward with this!

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im a single parent but my

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im a single parent but my child is on her own and is at the age of an adult. i am also a full time nanny and housekeeper and have been thinking to foster as well. my home has room for a child and so does my heart my curiosity is will it affect for me to continue to work as a nanny?

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Every state has different

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Every state has different rules about foster parenting. I suggest you talk to an agency in your state to get some specific answers. Best of luck!

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I am a single mom, Can that

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I am a single mom, Can that be a problem for to become a foster parent?, I work, is it posible take my foster kid with my own to the daycare?. I really want to give back a little of all God gives me to somebody who needs it!!!

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Hello, I was wondering what

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Hello, I was wondering what the requirements are for working people who would like to become foster parents. I would love to help any age child who needs a place to be. I work 4 days a week and one of those days is until 8pm. Is this a problem?

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Good questions. Every state

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Good questions. Every state is different, so I suggest you check with the state of Michigan on their foster care requirements. Good luck!

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Julie K. - What are the

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Julie K. - What are the income requirements for a foster parent? I do not have a job and currently receive student loans. Can I be a foster parent if I do not have income? I understand that I would receive some payment from the state for the child's expenses.

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To Guardian Pat- Does your

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To Guardian Pat-
Does your region use respite or emergency (Hotline) homes? I became a Hotline Home for teens after I heard from a worker that they didnt have enough beds for teens. It's to be on call in case anyone needs a safe place overnight after the office is closed or for the weekend. The licensing and training is the same as foster training. It's a bit odd not knowing if the phone will ring at random hours but I am really enjoying being able to be useful to the kids this way. I try to make it as low-stress as possible even though they're only here one night or for the weekend. I recommend it to anyone who wants to help but cant provide a fulltime foster home for some reason.

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This is really a great

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This is really a great site... The main reason why I am here is to find somebody or perhaps a group of people whom I can talk to about foster parenting. I enjoy kids a lot, in fact they are one of my main inspirations in life. Its a very deep joy if you can see a kid's smile from your help.

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I have gone through foster

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I have gone through foster care and have had some really bad experiences with foster parents. If it's not your passion, then don't do it! If you just want the money please don't become a foster parent. Foster kids would appreciate a dedicated, caring adult and not just someone who sees you like a number. Thanks.

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Hi, I'm wondering if there

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Hi, I'm wondering if there is such a thing as being a foster aunt/grandma? I travel a lot on business during the week so full time foster care isn't possible for me, but I am always home on weekends and holidays and would love to have kids in the home. I'm a GAL now and that is rewarding, but I would rather be a weekend foster parent if such a thing is allowed?

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As for the person who was

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As for the person who was charged with domestic violence 3 years ago - if you were convicted = of course you can't foster!
Sandy - in most cases the parents DO want their kids back from foster care - but just aren't able to be good parents.
No - being in the military or having a job that makes you travel does not keep you from fostering as long as one parent is at home.

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This summer, our 17 year old

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This summer, our 17 year old foster daughter was verbally abusive and defiant. We asked her to step outside and calm down until she could talk to us calmly. This is a technique we were told to use by our fostercare agency. She refused to leave and became more verbally abusive in front of our other three children. My husband guided her out of the house with the door remaining unlocked. We called the agency while this was happening to report her behavior and what we had to do. Now we are being written up because she says my husband pushed her out of the house. Is there anything we can do? No one has asked for our side of this incident.

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It really depends on your

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It really depends on your state, the degree of the offense and other factors. I suggest you ask your state's DHS department directly to find out.

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I would like to a foster

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I would like to a foster parent but about 3 years ago i got a criminal domestic violence charge. since then i have re married and have a new life now. can i stil foster?

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hi i want to become a foster

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hi i want to become a foster parent in maryland i will be 21 years old soon and idk do you think its a good idea

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im so mad that i have to be

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im so mad that i have to be 21 to be a foster mother but maybe its a good thing it gives me time to get everything together ... i cant wait

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I can't wait until I turn 21

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I can't wait until I turn 21 in 2 years so that I can become a foster mother..... That is what people need to remember that we need foster alumni in the world of foster parents.... By the time I turn 21 I will be a probation officer and be able to help in more ways then one with the youth in foster care. ~~~~Hope keeps you alive!!!!~~~~

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im a foster kid and i think

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im a foster kid and i think that if you want to be a foster aprent thats great because we sure need them. the only problem is most foster parents want babys but right now we have more teens than youger kids

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what do you do when you

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what do you do when you caught them lieing and braking your things. just cause they think it will be better for them to leave? So the case worker thinks that is why they are doing it. But yet they wont tell them that their parants don't want them any more. and you can't take them full time

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My husband is in the Navy

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My husband is in the Navy and we were wondering if that would prevent us from being able to be foster parents.
Thanks so much,
Lauren

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EVERY SHOBIAN

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EVERY SHOBIAN THOMAS-CAMPBELL

i am doing senior project on how to become a foster parent in california

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The first place to check is

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The first place to check is probably the Ohio Dept of Jobs and Family Services. Here's a link to their Office for Children and Families Department: http://jfs.ohio.gov/ocf/index.stm Also, be sure to check out FosterClub's Ohio page for more resources. Thanks for considering helping young people in foster care in Ohio. Good Luck! https://www.fosterclub.com/groups/ohio

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My husband and I are

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My husband and I are interested in foster care. I would like to know what the space requirements are for the home? Financial and emotional requirements? Even if we are not able to foster at this time, it would be nice to know for the future. Does anyone have a website(S) I can visit for Hardin Co. Ohio?

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Hello, I'm sorry I had to

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Hello, I'm sorry I had to edit your comment, we do not want encourage communication outside of our website because that might create problems with youth. My suggestion is to create a profile & have people message you on your wall.

Thanks,

FosterClub staff

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I was wondering how to get

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I was wondering how to get some help with a grant for a wonderful solution to some of the problems children face. can onyone email me spending tons of time on the pc and not getting very far.. Please help me make dreams and a future for our future. Thank You Tracie

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