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Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I find out who my foster care specialist is?

Your foster care specialist is the DHS employee who worked with you to complete your certification requirements to be a foster parent. Sometimes your foster care specialist will be changed based upon county staffing considerations. The quickest way to confirm the name of your foster care specialist is by contacting your county office. You may also call the foster parent assistance line at 1-800-376-9729.

How do I obtain a birth certificate or other documents for my foster child?

If you need a birth certificate or other documents for your foster child, you must contact the child welfare worker who is responsible for your foster child’s case.

How long will it be before I receive my first foster care reimbursement check?

You will begin receiving foster care reimbursement checks after you have completed all certification requirements [340:75-7-12], including an approved family assessment [340:75-7-18], and there is a child placed in your home. These checks are issued on a monthly basis, always one month in arrears. 

How do I sign up for foster care classes?

Your foster care specialist will enroll you in foster care classes after you have completed an application and passed a background check.

I’ve missed a class.  How do I schedule a make-up class?

To make-up a missed training session call the National Resource Center at 1-800-274-2687, ext. 3747.

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