Want To Explore Foster Parenting?
As you begin the journey to explore foster parenting, Georgia’s Kids Belong will support you:
View kids in our state’s foster care system who are legally free for adoption.
Connect with other foster parents, experts and resources.
Become trauma aware and invite your support network to do the same.
Connect with Foster Friendly Community businesses, faith communities and other organizations that are committed to supporting Georgia’s kinship and foster families.
Foster Parent Requirements In Georgia
Georgia Foster Care is your best resource for information about becoming a kinship or foster parent in our state. But here are some key requirements to be aware of.
- Must be at least 21 years of age.
- Demonstrate financial stability.
- Own or rent housing that meets physical-safety standards (e.g., fire extinguishers, adequate bedroom space, reliable transportation).
- Demonstrate home stability. Foster parents do not need to be married, may be single or cohabitating. A live-in relationship with a significant other or same-sex partner should be established for at least one year to demonstrate stability.
Note: This link will take you to Georgia Foster Care; be sure you’ve connected with us using the form above before you leave.
Two Reliable Paths To Become A Certified Foster Parent In Georgia
In Georgia you have two options for becoming licensed as a foster parent.
The first is to work through the Department of Family and Children Services.
The alternative is to work with one of the dozens of approved licensed child placement agencies (LCPAs) in the state. Here are links to some of the agencies we’ve been able to identify to provide a starting point. Please know that the list is not exhaustive and is updated frequently.
Here is some additional insight to help you discern which is the best path for you.
Working with DFCS
- Generally speaking, local offices are responsible for recruiting, training, and supporting foster, adoptive and kinship families.
Working with a Private Agency
- Licensed Child Placing Agencies (LCPAs) work in partnership with local Departments of Social Services to recruit therapeutic foster families.
- LCPAs may be for-profit or nonprofit organizations. Their coverage areas may vary.
- These agencies provide extra training and support for families who take in children with a higher level of need.
*Note: Before you start training with a private provider, it is a good practice to confirm the current private providers with which DFCS works.