Qualifications & Requirements of Foster Care

To be a foster parent you must:

  • Be willing to work as part of a team with the Children First Foster Family Agency Social Workers and staff toward achieving the best results for the children placed in your home.
  • Be at least 21 years of age and have a stable lifestyle.
  • Be healthy enough and physically able to care for the needs of a child.
  • Have enough time to devote to the success of the children living in your home.
  • Have a stable income that is adequate to support your existing family.
  • Have reliable transportation.
  • Have a home that is maintained in a condition to ensure the health and safety of children.
  • Have spouses or live-in partners that are also committed to fostering children.
  • Be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States
  • Must have adequate space and a bedroom available for the foster child. (May be shared with another child)

In addition, a foster family:

  • May be married, single, or living with a partner
  • May or may not be a parent
  • May be with or without children
  • May rent or own residence
  • Include diverse economic status and family composition
  • May be of any religion, race, ethnicity or cultural background