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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.

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