Becoming a Foster Parent

Next Steps

Things to Consider Before Applying to Become a Foster or Adoptive Parent

If you are reading this, you most likely have thought long and hard about becoming a foster parent. Taking the first step is always the most difficult part when making a commitment of this magnitude, so we want to be here to help ease the process.

Maybe you are just beginning to gather information, or maybe you’ve spent weeks, months or even years considering whether or not foster parenting is right for you. Wherever you are in the process, we want to meet you where you are and are grateful you are considering opening your heart and home to a child in need.

Talking with your loved ones is an important step in making the decision to foster or adopt, and can sometimes feel overwhelming. The first step in the process is just having the discussion. Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether to take the next step:

Having the Discussion

  • What kind of children do you feel comfortable parenting? Special needs, different ethnicities, different faiths, age, gender, etc.
  • Can your household financially support itself without financial reimbursements to support a foster child?
  • Do you have reliable transportation and the time to transport children to mandatory visits at the local foster care office and in the community? The number of weekly visits depends on the age of the child.
  • How do your biological children, family members, etc., feel about having a child come into the home?
  • What are your fears and dreams? These should be written down to discuss with your social worker.
  • If you are married or in a relationship, is it in a stable enough place that you can take on this additional commitment?
  • What do you think your parenting style is? Is it consistent?

Let Hope Flow Through You.

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