Want To Explore Foster Parenting?
As you begin the journey to explore foster parenting, Indiana 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 businesses, faith communities and other organizations that are committed to supporting Indiana’s kinship and foster families.
Foster Parent Requirements In Indiana
Indiana 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 Indiana Foster Care; be sure you’ve connected with us using the form above before you leave.
Two Reliable Paths To Become A Licensed Foster Parent In Indiana
In Indiana you have two options for becoming licensed as a foster parent.
The first is to work through the Indiana Foster Care.
The alternative is to work with one of the dozens of approved licensed child placement agencies (LCPAs) in our state.
Here is some additional insight to help you discern which is the best path for you.
Working with Indiana Foster Care
- When families pursue licensing through Indiana Foster Care you work with a regional foster care team to complete background checks, paperwork, training and the licensing process. Once licensed you will be assigned to a foster care specialist, who will provide you with support and meet with you a few times a year to help maintain your license.
Working with a Private Agency
- Licensed Child Placing Agencies (LCPAs) work in partnership with the Indiana Foster Care and follow the same licensing requirements. Your license will be managed by the LCPA, but approved by the state.
- 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.
- LCPAs are contracted by the state to license “therapeutic homes,” families that receive additional training and support to prepare to take placement of children with higher needs.
- LCPAs have their own guidelines for licensing families based on the family’s preferences and abilities.