FAQs

Below is a list of commonly asked questions:

How much does it cost to become a foster parent?
There is no charge.

How long does it take to become a foster parent?
The process to become a licensed foster parent takes a minimum of 2 – 3 months.

What is the process to become a licensed foster parent?

  • Foster Parent College Pre-Service Training
  • Home study which consists of at least two in-home visits
  • Background check
  • Home safety inspection

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.

How will I know the best age, gender, and number of children my family and I should serve?
During the licensing process, your licensing specialist will work with you to decide what age, gender, and number of children would be best served in your home, based on your family’s needs and strengths.

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. Children currently available for adoption are listed on the Children’s Heart Gallery.

What are the requirements to become a foster parent?
Foster care providers must be licensed and certified. You can be married, single or divorced. Learn more on our Services page.

¿Cuánto cuesta obtener la licencia para ser un padre temporal o adoptivo (foster parent)?
No hay costo alguno, la licencia es gratuita

¿Cuánto tiempo toma el obtener la licencia para ser padre temporal o adoptivo?
El proceso para obtener la licencia dura de entre 4 a 6 meses

¿Cuáles son los pasos a seguir para obtener la licencia para ser padre temporal o adoptivo?

  • Completar el curso de 30 horas también conocido como clase de PS-MAPP
  • Completar un estudio de su hogar que consiste de por lo menos 2 entrevistas en el hogar
  • La verificación de antecedentes criminales de todos los mayores de edad viviendo en su hogar
  • La aprobación de una inspección de seguridad de su hogar

Para más información sobre la próxima clase de PS-MAPP, comuníquese con algún especialista en el otorgamiento de licencias para hogares de guarda (Foster Care Licensing Specialist).

¿Cuánto tiempo por lo general puede durar un niño que se encuentre bajo el cuidado del estado en mi casa o fuera del cuidado de sus padres?
El tiempo en el que un niño del estado puede estar bajo su cuidado varia de entre horas, meses o hasta años

¿Puedo especificar la edad, el sexo y el número de niños que quisiera recibir?
Sí. Tendrás la oportunidad de definir esta información por medio de los cuestionarios que llevara a cabo el especialista en la otorgación de licencias para hogares de guarda que se le asignara.

¿Qué tipo de compensación recibiré al obtener la licencia de padre temporal o adoptivo?
Cuando el niño o los niños sean colocados en tu casa recibirás un reembolso mensual el cual es basado según la edad y el nivel de cuidado que el niño requiera.  

¿Serán cubiertos los gastos médicos y dentales de los niños por el estado?
Sí. El Plan Médico del Estado cubre todos los gastos médicos y dentales de los niños, incluyendo las recetas médicas.

¿Puedo adoptar a un niño que se encuentra bajo el cuidado del estado?
Si los padres de los niños pierden o renuncian a su derecho legal como padres y no hay familiares que estén dispuestos o puedan cuidar de ellos, los niños se dan en adopción. Muchas adopciones pueden llevarse a cabo por medio de la licencia de hogares de guarda.

¿Cuáles son los requisitos para ser padre temporal o adoptivo?

  • Tener la mayoría de edad, 21 años.
  • Tener el espacio en su hogar para acomodar al niño/niños
  • Mantener un ingreso estable
  • Pasar la verificación de antecedentes penales del Departamento de Protección al Menor (DCS por sus siglas en ingles)
  • Pasar la verificación de antecedentes penales del Buró Federal de Investigaciones (FBI por sus siglas en ingles) y autorización de huellas digitales
  • Aprobación medica de su condición física, emocional y mental para cuidar a niños
  • Aprobación de su hogar por el Departamento de Salud y Servicios Sociales (HHS por sus siglas en ingles)
  • Solicitantes que tienen alberca deberán obtener la certificación de resucitación cardiopulmonar y primeros auxilios (CPR & First Aid por sus siglas en ingles) y tener la alberca encercada según las regulaciones del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Sociales.
  • Espacio adecuado para vivir, incluyendo una cama personal para cada niño y un mueble para pertenencias personales del niño.
  • Comprobación de un ingreso económico estable

¿Tiene más preguntas? Comuníquese al (800) 678-0648.

Foster Family Insights

Learn more about what foster care as a ministry looks like. Read these great insights from foster and adoptive parents.

Jessie & Stefanie Powell were featured in the May/June edition of Portraits magazine. Click here to read their story about fostering and what it means to do ministry as a family.

Damien and Hayden Nichols share about their journey as Arms of Love foster parents and reflect on their decision to foster and adopt, despite difficult circumstances. They also discuss their dependence on God and prayerful consideration of each step along the way. Says Damien, “God has restored everything he’s taken, so every loss he has restored and then some. It doesn’t take away the pain. It doesn’t minimize the suffering. But it was worth it.” Hayden adds, “God has so much more for you than what you can ask or imagine. He has been so faithful.

The Gagnon Family has gone through several international adoptions over the past few years. Stacey Gagnon, mother to 6 beautiful children, writes encouraging pieces on her blog, Ransom for Israel.  She shares about the good sides as well as the challenging sides of adoption– advocating for the orphans and the fatherless, while poignantly relaying the realities of adoption.

Jason Johnson is a speaker and writer who has dedicated the last several years to encouraging families and equipping churches to step into the journey of foster care and adoption. A foster and adoptive parent himself, Jason offers a powerful message of ministry, encouragement and God’s redemptive story through his blog.  jasonjohnsonblog.com/posts

Karen Purvis, a former developmental psychologist and foster parent along with several other foster and adoptive families started Empowered to Connect. Full of devotions, articles and videos, this website offers a wide variety of resources to help encourage and equip foster and adoptive families to help children from hard places. empoweredtoconnect.org/resources

Benjamin and Rebecca McLennan, a former foster and adoptive family with Arms of Love, share their story. Starting with the hard news that they would not be able to have their own children, Benjamin and Rebecca ended up on an amazing journey of God’s faithfulness that concluded with the adoption of three beautiful children out of the foster care system. Read more.

Rosalie Hemschmeyer, a current foster parent with Arms of Love, shares what God has taught her over the last three years about learning to love the families of their foster children. Click here to read her story.

The Ryberg Family, a current foster family with Arms of Love, have fostered and adopted many children with special needs throughout the years. They have been fostering for several years now, and are joyfully following the Lord’s call to them to care for the orphans. Read more on their story here.

The Zehring Family, another current foster family with Arms of Love, have a huge heart for shared parenting. To get a real glimpse of what foster care is like, you can read their blog here.