How to Become a DHS Foster Parent
Qualifications and Requirements
All applicants must:
- be at least 21 years of age;
- have healthy relationships whether married, single separated or divorced;
- have the ability to manage personal and household financial needs without relying on the foster care reimbursement;
- fulfill the DHS policy on background investigations for all household members 13 years and older by completion of criminal history background checks; there must also be no history of confirmed child abuse, neglect or sexual abuse;
- have a working vehicle;
- provide appropriate sleeping arrangements for each child placed;
- be in good physical and mental health;
- provide references;
- complete all required training in a timely manner;
- not smoke in the home or automobile when the child is present;
- comply with DHS rules on discipline;
- be able to work as part of a team with social workers and biological parents.
Complete details about foster parent qualifications and certification requirements are available in DHS policy.