Be a Foster Parent

“Take a deep breath, gather a loyal tribe. You can do this.”

– Foster Mom

Want To Explore How To Become A Foster Parent?

What led you here today?

Whether you are just curious, actively considering becoming a foster parent, or a seasoned, and perhaps weary, foster parent, there are two things you can’t get enough of: information and support.

Foster Parent Requirements That Might Surprise You

Requirements to become a foster parent vary by state, but it might surprise you to discover some typical foster parent requirements you may not expect: 

1

If you’re over 21 you’re often eligible to be a foster parent.

2

You don’t have to own a home.

3

You don’t have to be married.

4

You can be compensated
for child care.

5

You can work full-time outside the home as a foster parent.

6

There are different types and levels of foster parenting that give willing parents options.

7

You can say yes or no to the placement of children in your home on a case-by-case basis.

8

Medical expenses are
covered and a daily living
stipend can help offset costs.

9

You’re not alone. More and more communities offer wrap-around services and support to foster families.

Use our Foster-Friendly App to explore what’s available in your community.

How Does Foster Friendly Support Help Foster Parent Retention?

$6,000

It costs more than $6,000 to train, equip and certify two foster parents.

50%

Yet, close to 50 percent of certified foster parents quit within the first year.

40%

40 percent of the time it is due to burnout and a lack of social support.

Caring for traumatized children is important and rewarding. It also can be stressful and isolating.

Loving kids in hard places also means opening your heart to grief and loss when it is time to let them go.

And inviting children into your home at a moment’s notice for an undetermined amount of time is disruptive and costly.

Imagine if when you said “Yes” to foster parenting you were greeted with:

A Foster Friendly App that provided discounts and services from area businesses, ranging from discounts on family fun nights to a massage or manicure to provide a little self-care for tired foster parents.

A locator map of faith and civic communities whose staff and volunteers are trauma aware, and who offer such wrap-around services as kinship and foster parent support groups and foster parent night outs.

America’s Kids Belong is partnering with communities across the country to help them become more Foster Friendly.

Learn more about services in your area or how to help your community become Foster Friendly.

How To Start A Conversation With Your Kids About Fostering

One of the most common and important questions prospective foster parents ask is how to talk with their  kids about fostering.