Frequently Asked Questions

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How long does it take to become a foster parent?

It generally takes three months to complete the process of becoming a foster parent.  Having all of the required documents ready will help to expedite the process.

 

How many children can occupy a room?

Up to three children can occupy a room, depending on the size of the room.

 

Can I give up my bedroom to serve as the child’s bedroom instead?

No; the child must have her or his own bedroom.  In order to ensure that you have privacy and a space of your own, you must have your own bedroom, and cannot use the living room or other shared space as your room.

 

Can children of the opposite sex share the same room?

Only siblings of the opposite sex, with no allegations of sexual abuse in their history, may share a room.

 

Can I adopt the child?

In our work to provide children with safe, loving, and permanent homes, we first look to the possibility of successfully and safely reuniting children with members of their birth family.  If the child cannot be reunited with his or her own family, we will explore other options for a permanency, including adoption.

 

An adult in my home has been convicted of a crime.  Can I still become a foster parent?

If you or any adult residing in your home has been convicted of certain criminal offenses, you cannot become a foster/adoptive parent.  Each adult member in your household over the age of 18 will be fingerprinted.  If you have specific questions regarding which crimes are prohibited, please contact our recruitment team using the inquiry form on this page.

 

My religion is important to me. Do I need to respect the religion of the foster child?

All children in foster care are allowed to continue their religious practices and customs, and foster parent must help the child/youth to continue in their religious preferences.

 

What happens if a child misbehaves in my home?

Foster parents are not permitted to use physical discipline. You will be expected to learn and use appropriate behavioral interventions to respond to a child or youth’s acting out behavior.