Becoming a Foster Parent


 The prospective foster parents may be single or married and must:  

  1. Be at least 21 years of age, financially stable, and responsible established adults
  2. Complete an application (staff will assist you, if you prefer), 
  3. Share information regarding their background and lifestyle,
  4. Provide relative and non-relative references,
  5. show proof of marriage and/or divorce (if applicable),
  6. Agree to a home study which includes visits with all household members.
  7. Allow staff to complete a criminal history background check and an abuse/neglect check on all adults in the household, and 
  8. Attend free training to learn about  issues pertaining to abused and neglected children.

The training provides an opportunity for the family and DFPS to assess whether foster care or adoption is best for the family. The family may withdraw from the meetings at any time. There is no charge for the meetings. Foster parents generally train together.   

Responsibilities of Foster Families

  •  Provide daily care and nurturing of children in foster care;
  •  Advocate for children in their schools and communities; 
  • Inform the children's caseworkers about adjustments to the home, school, and community, as well as any problems that may arise, including any serious illnesses, accidents, or serious occurrences involving the foster children or their own families; 
  • Make efforts as team members with children's caseworkers towards reunifying children with their birth families; 
  • Provide a positive role model to birth families and Help children learn life skills.  

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Different Types of Foster Care To be Aware

Traditional Foster Care

 Most often this is the first level of foster care for children who are not able to remain at home because of unsafe parenting or home environments. Reuniting children with families is a primary focus of the team, and there are frequent family visits during this time. Sibling groups and younger children are commonly referred to this level of care while their parents work on resolving the issues that led to the foster care placement. Sometimes, it’s determined that children cannot return home after all, and the foster family may be given first consideration as a permanent resource.

Therapeutic Foster Care

Many children who enter KidsPeace Foster Care have endured intense trauma and are in need of counseling and/or medication in addition to safe, nurturing homes. It is not uncommon for children who have experienced or witnessed physical, emotional or psychological abuse to act out their emotions even after they are removed from dangerous situations. Our therapeutic foster care program trains qualified foster parents to understand and respond to these challenging behaviors so the youth can grow and thrive. We work closely with local departments of social services to ensure safety, well-being and permanency for our children. There is 24-hour on-call support, and placements can also be made around the clock.

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