Prospective Foster Parent

Will it be easy? Nope. Worth it? Absolutely.

There is no more important role than providing a home for a child whose family is in crisis, and it is the greatest reward knowing that you’ve made a difference in the life of a child. Whether you are single and live alone or are married and your grown children have left the nest, you could be the ideal foster parent for a child in need of a home.

As a foster parent you can:

  • Provide a child in need with a safe and secure environment
  • Ensure that a child feels wanted and loved; every child deserves that
  • Help a child develop healthy and meaningful attachments

Am I ready to become a foster parent?

  • Am I 21 years old or older?
  • Do I have adequate income to meet my own needs?
  • Are the people I live with interested in engaging in this process?
  • Is my home safe, and does it have room for another person?
  • Do I have a genuine concern for the best interest of children and a willingness to work through challenging behaviors?
  • Could I be accepting of the child’s birth family and be willing to work in partnership with them toward reunification when safe?
  • Am I willing to attend trainings that will help me develop and strengthen the skills necessary to work effectively with foster children?
  • Am I willing to work with a team of service providers to work toward a common goal?

Our most successful foster parents are open-minded, dependable, patient, and willing to explore and implement different parenting styles for children with different needs. Having a flexible schedule, being tolerant, and demonstrating the ability to work as a member of our team are all important qualities for success.

  • Full Name*
  • Street Address*
  • Email*
  • Phone
  • Interested in?
  • Are you currently a licensed foster parent?
  • How did you hear about Elmcrest TFC?

How do I become certified?

  • Complete application with references and medical forms
  • Get fingerprinted
  • Submit paperwork for criminal background check
  • Schedule face-to-face appointment to review application
  • Schedule and complete home study
  • Make necessary adjustments identified during home study
  • Complete 12-week training
  • Receive certificate of approval
  • Celebrate!!!