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Foster Parenting: Qualifications Steps

Foster Parenting
Minimum Qualifications and
Steps to Certification
Minimum Qualifications for Certification
  • At least 21 years of age
  • Single, married, divorced, or widowed
  • Financially stable (able to meet own family’s needs)
  • Good physical, emotional and mental health
  • Adequate space in home for additional child
  • Pass state and federal criminal clearances
  • Attend 21 hours of pre-service training
  • Participate in home study process
Attend an orientation meeting to learn
more about the certification process.
Complete pre-service training (7 sessions)
 Submit application for certification.
(Form will be handed out at first
pre-service training session)
Come to office for fingerprinting of all adult
members of household.
Provide documentation from a physician that all members of household are free
of communicable disease.
(Form will be handed out at first pre-service training session)

Participate in the home study process. There will be up to 3 visits to your home by an agency worker-one of which will include a safety inspection of your home.
Provide at least 5 references.

Certification process is complete!