How do I become a foster parent?
To become a foster parent, you must contact your local public child welfare agency, or a private agency like Kinship Center, to find out what their application process is. Kinship Center invites all prospective foster parents to an information meeting to hear about the certification process and to find out about the children who need foster care. The process to become a foster parent with Kinship Center involves an application, health clearance, Department of Justice and FBI fingerprint clearances, references, and other documentation required by the State. The certification process includes several interviews, a visit to the applicant’s home, a safety check, and an educational training series of eight classes. Foster parents may also be approved as adoptive parents for Kinship Center, since our goal is a permanent family for every child, in the event that they cannot return to their family of origin. Every state has different criteria for foster parents. Contact your local public or private child welfare agency to find out more.
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