F A Q
Most Frequently Asked Questions
By Prospective Foster Parents
What are the requirements?
At least 23 years of age or older
Attend a pre-certification training
Home safety assessment
Be fingerprinted & child abuse index cleared
Obtain a medical clearance & TB test
CPR & First Aid certified
Must have transportation
Have adequate space - two children in one bedroom
Regular source of income to meet your family's financial obligations
Additional state requirements
How long does the process take to have a child placed in my home?
It all depends on how soon you can complete all of the requirements, and
to the type of child you are open to take in your home. It can happen
as quickly as within a few months.
Do I need a job?
No, you need to show that you are able to provide for the financial expenses
incurred by you and your current family.
As a foster parent, can I work outside the home?
Yes. However, if the foster child requires day care, the foster parent
is responsible for that expense.
Is financial assistance available?
Yes, a foster parent receives a monthly stipend to help with the expenses
of the foster child, and medical and dental coverage is provided.
Do you have to own a home?
No, you can be a renter
Do you have to be married?
No, you can be single, coupled or married
Can you have other children and how many foster children can you have?
Yes, however, you may only have two children in one bedroom and they must
be the same sex, if over the age of five. A baby (age 0-2) may be in the
same bedroom with parent(s)
Can I choose the age of the foster child?
Yes. However, be aware that there are many children needing out of home
care and that through experience and training, you may find that you are
most effective in caring for specific age or a range of ages.
How long will foster children remain in my home?
That depends on the family case plan. The goal is to seek a permanent
placement for the child as quickly as possible, be it reunification with
the birth parents, kinship care, or adoption.
How do I find out more information on becoming a foster parent?
Call Better Life at (916) 641-0661