There are a lot of kids that don't have a family. Many of these kids need a stable environment where they can grow up and have family support. If you and your spouse don't have any children or have kids and want to share your home with kids in need of a family, then becoming a foster parent is a wonderful opportunity. The foster care licensing process is where you start to become eligible to be a foster parent in your state. There are a few things that you can expect during this process.
Attend the Initial Orientation
It's important to understand exactly what to expect when becoming a foster parent. There are kids in need of foster parents that are of all ages and backgrounds, and there is an orientation to help future foster parents understand the process of becoming a foster parent. The orientation will cover what will be required of you as foster parents to become eligible for a license in your state. They will cover what expenses will be covered by the state to support you as you begin this process. The orientation will also cover some of the challenges that may emerge for foster parents with kids that may have special needs or challenges. The orientation is an important part of the process for preparing you for success.
Background Check and Home Evaluation
Foster parents must undergo a background check to ensure they are going to provide a safe and healthy place for any children placed in their care. This is an essential part of the process. The background process includes a home evaluation, which may involve coming to your home and seeing what the home environment is like. The person doing the home evaluation will want to get to know your family, and it's good to be fully honest about your family life and schedule. This process usually takes a few months, but usually not much longer than that. Once you pass this part of the process, you will likely be eligible to have your license approved.
Being able to give kids in foster care a great place to live is a great thing for most families who decide to get involved in the foster program. The foster program can be a great way to give kids in your area a chance at a normal life. Everybody kid deserves a great family environment to grow up in.