"Fostering children has been one of the greatest blessings God has given me.”
Ketlin , Childplace Foster Mom
“[As a foster parent,] you will be used for good. It will grow your heart and stretch you.”
Kami, 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:
- Age 25 or older
- Married couples (married at least one year) or single individuals
- Prefer nonsmokers
- Child Protective Services background checks for anyone 18 and older living in the home
- Criminal background checks for anyone 18 and older living in the home
- Stable income
How to Become a Foster Parent
Step 1: Connect With Us
Contact our staff at (812) 282-8248 or firstname.lastname@example.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 whether 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.
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