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.
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.