Foster Parent Requirements

Who can be a Foster Parent?

In Florida, you may be eligible for Foster Parenting if you:

 

  • Are committed to loving and nurturing a child in your home;
  • Are willing to work in partnership with everyone involved in the child’s life to meet the child’s needs;
  • Are dedicated to helping a child be reunified with the biological family;
  • Are at least 21 years old;
  • Attend required training sessions;
  • Consent to criminal and child abuse registry checks;
  • Are financially able to provide for your present needs and family emergencies;
  • Pass a health inspection of your home;
  • Have enough physical space in your home to accommodate children; and
  • Are willing to meet with a licensing counselor for an in-depth home study to determine if your family meets these requirements
What are the basic requirements to be a Foster Parent?

You must be 21 years or older, be financially self-supporting, and meet the qualification necessary for working with children. These basic requirements also include background checks, the ability to work with many community partners (including the birth family) and continuing training to enhance skills as a Foster Parent. The licensing process requires a minimum of 21 hours of Training, (currently PRIDE Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education training)and a Home Study Assessment.

How long does it take to become a Foster Parent?

It can possibly take as little as two (2) months to be a Foster Parents, extenuating factors will extend this time.

What is the process of becoming a Foster Parent?

You must attend the Foster Parent training and have a home study done that will include a thorough background check of you and your family members. There are additional requirements such as employment verification, references, an initial health screening by your family doctor, auto insurance and pet vaccinations.

Can a gay or lesbian foster a child?

Yes he or she can. If married, or unmarried and living together, both must attend training and go through the licensing process. A single gay or lesbian individual may also foster children.

Is there an age requirement?

Yes, you must be 21 years or older to become a licensed Foster Parent.

Do I have to be married?

No. Singles, as well as couples, may become Foster Parents if they meet the basic requirements for approval. If married, or unmarried and living together, both must attend the training to become Licensed Foster Parents.

Will I be fingerprinted?

Yes. You must remember that the child’s safety is of upmost importance. All household members over the age of 18 years old will be fingerprinted and a thorough background screening are required. This will also apply to any one who is a frequent visitor to your home. For household members ages 12-17 years old a Juvenile Justice Record Search will be required.

Is there an income requirement?

There is no minimum income requirement, but applicants must have legal and stable income that is sufficient to support themselves and their family. You must have sufficient income to absorb four to six weeks of a foster child’s care, as well as unexpected costs that may arise for the child, until the initial payment of the “board rate” is received.

Can I work outside of the home?

Most Foster Parents have full time jobs outside of the home. Assistance with child care or afterschool programs is available if both Foster Parents work.

Who can be a Foster Parent?

In Florida, you may be eligible for Foster Parenting if you:

 

  • Are committed to loving and nurturing a child in your home;
  • Are willing to work in partnership with everyone involved in the child’s life to meet the child’s needs;
  • Are dedicated to helping a child be reunified with the biological family;
  • Are at least 21 years old;
  • Attend required training sessions;
  • Consent to criminal and child abuse registry checks;
  • Are financially able to provide for your present needs and family emergencies;
  • Pass a health inspection of your home;
  • Have enough physical space in your home to accommodate children; and
  • Are willing to meet with a licensing counselor for an in-depth home study to determine if your family meets these requirements

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