The Process of Becoming a Foster Parent

Before placing a child in your home, federal and state law requires that your home be licensed by Lifeline. From beginning to end, Lifeline will be at your side to answers questions and equip you for the wonderful journey of foster care.

1. Applications and Orientation

An application will be completed that includes information about your family members, family history and the reasons you want to be a parent. You can acquire this application and other information on our contact page. The orientation is an informal meeting for you to learn the process, ask questions and decide if foster parenting is right for your family.

2. Foster Parent Training

If you have decided foster care is right for your family, you will attend nine 3-hour sessions over the course of the next couple of months. Parent Resource Information Development Education (PRIDE) training is designed to assist potential parents and the staff of Lifeline mutually assess the applicants’ competencies in the five areas needed for a successful foster care experience. This is a nationally-renowned program that will enhance your life and your family. All parents are required to attend CPR and First-Aid training.

3. At-Home Consultation

Lifeline will schedule a time to meet with you and your family in your home. We will make sure your home passes basic fire and health inspections and provides a suitable environment for children in the foster care system. This is not a high-pressure situation and you will be informed of all the requirements during training.

4. Li censure

At this stage you will make a decision about the number, ages, and behaviors of the children that you feel you can successfully accept into your family and you become approved to take children into your home.

5. Placement

Once you are licensed you will begin to receive children into your home at your discretion. When you receive a call from Lifeline and discuss a particular child, you will have an opportunity to review their history and ask questions. You are under no obligation to take a child you do not believe is right for your family.