Can I be a foster parent? YES!

By meeting the following requirements and making the decision to open up
your heart and your home, you can bring hope to a child that needs you.

  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Take 30 hours of pre-service training
  • Pass criminal and child welfare clearance checks
  • Have a source of income other than foster care reimbursement
  • Own or rent a residence that meets all state requirements
  • Be willing to work as part of a professional team

Foster Care Myth: I can’t foster because I have no parenting experience or my children are grown and out of the house.

FALSE! There is no age requirement other than being 21 years old. Foster parents are responsible who have made a commitment to all children. Many “empty nesters” find fostering a rewarding experience.


Steps to becoming a Foster Parent

SFM Families On-line Community

SFM Families is an on-line community for our valued foster and kinship families. Visit the SFM Families page to get started.


Prospective and current foster parents, adoptive parents, and kinship families can use this page to find upcoming trainings, resources in their community, and support with other families: Connecting Caregivers FB Page

Good Homes

Help kids in need of a safe, temporary placement. Call 866-999-1599.

“The more love you have, the more love you have to give. It’s an exhaustible thing. It never dries up.”

Joel Merssman
Saint Francis Foster Parent

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