Become A Foster Parent – FAQs
- Will it cost me anything to become a foster parent?
There are initial costs for things such as First-Aid/CPR certification, fingerprinting, and the physical exam. However, Concept 7™ offers a certification bonus once you are certified and have kept your initial placement for 30 days, so the costs will be offset.
- How long does the process take before I will get a foster child?
The time frame really depends on how quickly you complete the required paperwork, the pre-certification trainings and when you get your fingerprint clearances. The process can generally be completed in approximately 2-3 months.
- Does my husband/wife have to attend the training and be certified too?
Yes. Both parties that would be providing care for children would need to be trained and certified.
- Do I need to be married to become a foster parent?
No, you do not need to be married
- Do I have to own a home to become a foster parent?
No, you do not need to own a home. However wherever you live needs to be up to licensing standards and there needs to be adequate room for the foster children.
- What services does your agency offer?
Monthly reimbursement; 24 hour emergency pager support; Social worker assistance; Weekly visits from the Concept 7™ Social Worker to support and assist you.
- How long will the child/children stay with me?
The length of stay varies case by case. Children may stay anywhere from 2 days to a year or more.
- How many children will I get?
It will depend on how many beds you have available, and how much room you have. Regulations state that no more than 2 children can share a bedroom. All children must sleep in a bed and may not share a room with anyone over the age of 18.
- Does the agency pay for childcare while I am at work?
No, it does not. The agency provides monthly reimbursement to be used to cover all costs related to caring for the children placed in your home.
- How is Foster care different from adoption?
Foster homes are temporary while adoptive homes are permanent. Both homes require training and a home study, though adoptive homes require more extensive training and a more intensive home study (a Structured Assessment Family Evaluation – S.A.F.E.).