To become a licensed foster parent usually you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be able to read, write and speak English or be able to effectively communicate with any child placed in your home
  • Have adequate income to meet the basic needs of the household
  • Be free of physical, emotional or mental conditions that would endanger a child or seriously impair the ability to care for a child
  • Have adequate bedroom space
  • Pass criminal background check
  • Complete reference check
  • Complete a home study to assess strengths, skills, behaviors, attitudes and other qualities for dealing with foster children
  • Attend ongoing training

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