Foster Care and Adoption

Basic Foster Care
Family living which includes health, safety, food, shelter, community involvement, education and nurturing to enhance the child’s well-being.

Therapeutic Foster Care
Foster care and additional support services to children and adolescents with mild to moderate emotional disturbances and/or behavioral problems.

Parent Skill Training
Training for foster/biological parents to care for youth to facilitate healing and reentry into a more normalized world.

Preparation for Adult Living (PAL)
Provide intensive life skills training to prepare transitioning youth for independent living.

Adoption
Provide complete adoption services for the permanent placement of youth.
Qualifications
Must be at least 25 years of age
Single, legally separated or married at least one year
History of stable employment
Have a phone and reliable transportation

Screening Process
Application Packet
Background Check
Home Study & Team Interview
Training – Observation Hours

Resources

Foster Parent College

Can I adopt one of my foster children if I have the desire?

It depends on the particular child’s home life situation. Family reunification is alway the goal but there are times when foster children are not able return to their biological parents or any other biological family. In these circumstances, the State goes through the legal process of terminating the parental rights. When parental rights are terminated this frees the child for legal adoption. Foster Parents can then apply to adopt the child.

What are the qualifications for becoming a foster parent?

To become a foster parent you

  • Must be at least 25 years of age

  • Single, legally separated or married at least one year

  • History of stable employment

  • Have a phone and reliable transportation

What’s involved in the screening process to become a foster parent?

To become a foster parent you must fill out an initial prospective foster parent application undergo a background check, home study and team interview as well as training and observation hours.

What is Foster Care?

There are two kinds of foster care – basic and therapeutic. Basic Foster Care
includes health, safety, food, shelter, community involvement, education and nurturing to enhance the child’s well-being.

Therapeutic Foster Care includes everything above as well as additional support services to children and adolescents with mild to moderate emotional disturbances and/or behavioral problems.