What are the requirements for becoming a foster parent?

Foster parents must be at least 21 years old and a legal resident of the United States.

Foster parents also must complete a background check, be in good physical health to meet the needs of children, have an income, and complete 36 hours of initial training.


Why should I become a foster parent?

There are nearly 10,000 children in Kentucky in the foster care system and not enough foster parents to provide a loving home for each of them.

Foster parents can provide support, stability, and resources for a child in need.


What type of children are in foster care?

There are all types of children in foster care and they vary in age, gender, and race. The common denominator is that they all need a loving home!

Many foster children have been removed from their natural family due to concerns of abuse or neglect.


What types of resources are provided?

Foster parents are provided with ongoing case management services, foster parent trainings, financial stipends for the child, and 24-hour emergency services.

Foster children are provided with health insurance, mental health services, therapeutic supports, and independent living skills training.


What if I get too attached?

Then it means you could be a great foster parent! We want our foster parents to develop attachment and bonds with the children placed in their home. It’s extremely important that foster children have caring adults who are invested in their lives! We know it can difficult when a child leaves or returns to their natural family, but don’t let the fear of child leaving stop you from loving them!


Do foster children ever become available for adoption?

The main goal of foster care is to help support reunification with a child’s natural family. However, if reunification with the natural family is not an option some children will be placed up for adoption.


How many children are there in foster care?

In the United States there are over 400,000 children in foster care. In Kentucky there are nearly 10,000 children in the foster care system.