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What are the qualifications to become a foster parent?
Applicants must be 21-years-old or older
Be financially stable with sufficient income to meet a family’s needs
Be able to provide a safe, secure home for a child
Display solid mental health
Pass a criminal background check that includes FBI, sex offender registry, and child abuse registery
Have completed a foster care certification training through an approved agency
How long will it take to become certified and have a child placed in my home?
Certification, on average, will take up to 3 months. A portion of the training is self-directed, so that part will depend on the speed in which you are able to complete online modules, and any adaptations to the home that may be required (such as making sure all smoke detectors are working, fire extinguishers are present, etc…)
From the time you complete AGC’s in-person certification course (16 hours) you have one year to complete all other requirements to be certified.
Why are children in foster care?
The reason a child may be in foster care varies, but the most fundamental reason is that their family is experiencing turmoil. It is common that a child is removed from a home due to findings of abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation of the child or anything else that may make it unsafe for the child to remain in the home.
How does a child enter into foster care?
When suspicions or allegations of abuse, neglect, or exploitation are reported, Child Protective Services (CPS) will investigate to determine the safety of the child. If it is determined that the child is in danger, CPS will relocate the child, first searching for a relative, then working to find a foster home for the child if a relative is unable to take the child.
What are the ages of children in foster care?
All ages. But most often, we see teenagers or younger children with sibling groups. We need families who are willing to embrace the joys and challenges of teens, or who would like to help in keeping siblings from being separated from one another.
How long will a foster child stay in my home?
There are many factors that may impact the length of time a child is in your care. The average foster child is in a home for six to eighteen months. It depends on the willingness of the biological family to work on their case plan and the determination of the team on when the case plan has been fulfilled.
What if I’m uncomfortable with the child you’re asking me to foster?
As you journey through certification, you will complete documentation indicating what type of child might be best suited for your home. When you receive a call about placement, you will receive details on the child and can decide if you would like to foster that specific child or children.
Will I receive support when working with a foster child?
Yes. AGC offers numerous wrap around supports to help you maintain your wellbeing that include, but is not limited t0. monthly support groups, therapy services, and deeply discounted AGC Daycare rates.
Will I receive financial support when working with a foster child?
Yes! Each foster parent gets a set rate per day per child, which is paid out monthly. Rates depend on the level of need the child requires, which is determined by the state.
How much does it cost to adopt from foster care?
Zero dollars, but a lot of time, energy, and love.
How many children are in foster care and awaiting adoption in the United States?
Approximately 400,000 children are in foster care at any given time. Approximately 117,000 of them are available to be adopted.
Do I need to be married to be a foster parent?
Nope! You can be single, ready to mingle. Or single and not ready to mingle. Your relationship status is not a deal breaker.