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Requirements for Becoming a Foster Parent in Michigan

Anyone who is at least 18 years of age can apply to become a foster parent. Potential applicants are individuals, couples or families who are able to:
  • Work with the child’s birth parents
  • Be supportive of efforts to return the child home
  • Work with children who may have significant emotional and behavioral challenges
  • Encourage teens toward independent living
  • Provide three acceptable references
  • Attend training pertinent to foster care issues

Can I Be a Foster Parent?

How old do you have to be to become a foster parent?
Is there an age limit?

A Wellspring foster parent must be at least 18 years old. There is no upper age limit.

Can a single person be a foster parent?
A single person can be a Wellspring foster parent. In fact, a person can be single, divorced or married. A foster parent can already have kids of their own or have no kids at all.
How many foster children will I have at one time?

This actually depends on how many children your home is licensed for and whether you are willing to accept sibling groups. This is something you will talk through with a Wellspring licensing worker.

Can you work and be a foster parent?

You can work full-time, part-time or not at all and still be a Wellspring foster parent. The important thing to consider is whether your job is flexible enough to ensure the child in your care will be able to make it to all of their scheduled appointments.

Are there foster parent income requirements?

There are not specific income requirements to be a Wellspring foster parent. You just need to show that your household is able to financially support itself without financial reimbursements to support a foster child.

Do I have to be Christian or Lutheran to work with Wellspring?
Wellspring works with people of all faiths and backgrounds. A Wellspring foster parent does not have to be Lutheran or Christian.

Foster Care Training

Wellspring is committed to providing foster children with the best possible care, which means training is an important part of everything we do. Not only do we hire highly trained social workers, but we believe ongoing education for our foster parents is the key to success. Outside of the required training to become a licensed foster parent in Michigan, we also provide a wide variety of resources that are available to you throughout the year.

Wellspring makes this process easy and accessible for you, because not all days are 8-5. We have a foster parent-friendly online portal that is available whenever you are. This is a central location where you can go online and access all the information you need – when you need it. If the materials and training aren’t enough, we always have a way for you to contact us so your questions can be answered.

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We need foster parents. Schedule your orientation today.

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