About Foster Care
If you are at least 21 years old, have space in your home for additional children and have a stable income, you meet the general guidelines. You can be married, single, or divorced. You must meet basic safety requirements, and you need to complete paperwork and training.
The process to become a foster parent usually takes 4-6 months. Medical and dental expenses for foster children are covered, and you will also receive help with day care costs (if needed) for them. The length of time a child stays in your home can range from hours to months.
How much does it cost to become a foster parent?
There is no charge
How long do foster children typically stay in a foster home?
The length of time a child stays in your home can range from hours to months.
Can I specify the sex, age and number of children I would like?
Yes. You will specify this information on a questionnaire that will be discussed with your licensing worker before a child is placed in your home.
What compensation will I receive as a foster parent?
Once a child has been placed in your home, you will receive a monthly reimbursement. The daily rate will be based on the age of the child and the extent of the care that is required.
Are medical and dental expenses covered?
Yes. All foster children are covered by the State Medical Plan, which includes all medical, dental and prescription costs.
Can I adopt a foster child?
If a child cannot be returned to their birth parents, they may become legally free for adoption. Many foster parents have adopted children through foster care.
Have more questions? Contact Us or give us a call at 1-800-678-0648.
Arms of Love is a member of the No Child Waiting coalition. For more information about the coalition, including how to become a member church, visit http://www.nochildwaiting.org.