Foster Parent Requirements

Qualifications for Parents:

The following is a list of minimum basic requirements to become a foster parent:

State Regulations:

There are a number of state required regulations that our foster parents must comply with. Some selected examples are:

The rest is an assortment of application documents that must be completed and acquired, such as your DMV driving record, CPR and First Aid Certificates and a routine physical and TB test. Foster families are required to complete 12 hours of pre-certification training and maintain 12 hours of training annually.

Parents are selected on the basis of a home study process which includes the exploration of family dynamics and communication style, family stability, family history, lifestyle, expectations of children's needs and development, former parenting experience and understanding of the commitment and meaning of the foster care process.

Of primary importance in the selection criteria are the following:

Families are assessed in terms of their desire to parent and their likelihood to be able to tolerate the change, intrusion, and disruption that will follow the placement of a child. Key assessment factors are the degree of attention which children require, as well as what foster parents are able to give; and the realistic versus the unrealistic expectations of foster parenting. Social support systems are evaluated and informal systems of support are assessed.

Additional Qualifications:

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