"Fostering children has been one of the greatest blessings God has given me.”

Childplace Foster Mom

“[As a foster parent,] you will be used for good. It will grow your heart and stretch you.”

Childplace Foster Mom

Who can become foster parents?

Foster parents have varied backgrounds yet all have one thing in common – a desire to make a lasting difference in the life of a child. Effective foster parents are flexible, patient and loving while understanding that positive change can take time and commitment. Foster parents are committed to the best interests of children.

Applicants desiring to foster through Childplace will meet the following criteria:

How to Become a Foster Parent

Step 1: Connect With Us

Contact our staff at (812) 282-8248 or fostercare@childplace.org to learn more about foster care and the process.

Step 2: Attend Orientation

Attend a brief orientation meeting with Foster Care Program staff to discuss the licensing process and begin documentation.

Step 3: Complete Documentation

Complete and submit an application along with additional documents including references, Criminal Background checks and financial verification.

Step 4: Attend Training

Attend the Initial Pre­Service Training (10 hours), in addition to CPR/First Aid and Universal Precautions. To be approved as an adoptive parent, six additional training hours will need to be completed.

Step 5: Complete the Home Study

Collaborate with Foster Care Program staff to complete the Home Study Assessment which includes visits to your home. This process allows you, along with our staff, to better determine if fostering is right for you and how to best match a child in care with your family. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring that you have all of your questions answered and can make an informed decision. In addition, during this process, our staff establishes you are able to provide a safe, supportive and enriching environment for children in care including appropriate space for each child.

Step 6: Receive Approval and Placement

If approved and licensed as foster parents, our staff will contact you about children in need of a placement. Together, we will determine if your family is a good fit for the child(ren) in need of a home.

Thank you for your willingness in sharing hope and encouraging healing!

Want to Know More?

If you’re interested in learning more about foster care or have questions about Childplace, we would love to connect with you.

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