BECOME A FOSTER PARENT

A Safe Place to Sleep is a Child’s First Step to Healing

There are thousands of children in need of loving homes. Unfortunately the number of licensed foster homes has not kept pace with the number of children entering state care.

That’s where you can help. Foster parenting is a unique and rewarding opportunity to make a lasting impression on a child’s life. We help potential foster parents navigate the process to become licensed and prepared to accept youth into their homes. We provide trainings and complete family assessments — known as a home study — to help ensure that we find the best fit not only for you, but for the child.  

Our Most Critical Need

Currently, our most critical need is the highest level of care — treatment foster care. For youth who have experienced extreme trauma, treatment foster care parents receive an enhanced and individualized level of support from our trauma-informed team. 

Am I Eligible?

We are actively recruiting and licensing foster homes in the following areas:

Kansas Counties
On-call team available between 5pm and 8am at (913) 267-1679.

  • Atchison
  • Brown
  • Chase
  • Clay
  • Cloud
  • Dickinson
  • Doniphan
  • Douglas
  • Geary
  • Harvey
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Jewell
  • Johnson
  • Leavenworth
  • Lincoln
  • Lyon
  • Marion
  • Marshall
  • McPherson
  • Mitchell
  • Morris
  • Nemaha
  • Ottawa
  • Pottawatomie
  • Republic
  • Riley
  • Saline
  • Sedgwick
  • Wabaunsee
  • Washington
  • Wyandotte

Northwest Missouri Counties

  • Andrew
  • Atchison
  • Buchanan
  • Caldwell
  • Carroll
  • Cass
  • Chariton
  • Clay
  • Clinton
  • Cooper
  • Daviess
  • DeKalb
  • Gentry
  • Grundy
  • Harrison
  • Holt
  • Jackson
  • Johnson
  • Lafayette
  • Linn
  • Livingston
  • Mercer
  • Nodaway
  • Pettis
  • Platte
  • Putnam
  • Ray
  • Saline
  • Sullivan
  • Worth   

St. Louis Metro Area

  • St. Louis City
  • Jefferson County
  • St. Charles County
  • St. Louis County  

Our most successful foster parents are open-minded, dependable, patient and willing to try different parenting styles for children with different needs. Other requirements and characteristics are:

  • May be single or married.
  • Must be 21 or older.
  • Must be a United States citizen or be able to verify lawful immigration status.
  • May be from a variety of economic, ethnic and educational backgrounds.
  • Must be in general overall good physical and emotional health.
  • Must complete a criminal/protective services background check.
  • Must have a sense of humor.
  • Must have adequate income to meet family’s needs with additional children placed.
  • Must have adequate space for additional children placed (home ownership is not required).
  • Must have the ability to love and let go.
  • Must be willing to support reunification efforts.
  • Must be able to work as a member of a team.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to protect and nurture children, meet developmental needs and address developmental delays, connect children to safe, nurturing relationships intended to last a lifetime, and work as members of a professional team.

What to Expect

We provide the training needed to become a licensed foster parent, including the Specialized Training, Assessment, Resources & Support (STARS) course. STARS is a free 27-hour course to potential foster parents that can take anywhere from 4-9 weeks to complete and consists of lectures, activities, Q&As and homework assignments. During this time, most participants begin to develop a support network with other participants whom they rely on to be there for them throughout their foster/adoptive experience.

In addition to STARS training, foster parents are required to take an additional 15 hours of training a year to enhance their knowledge and skills to ensure you feel well prepared to accept a children into your home. We offer a variety of course each month.

Be prepared. On the path to becoming a foster/adoptive parent, you encounter a mountain of paperwork. Items you need to compile include:
  • Physicals on all family members
  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage licenses
  • Divorce decrees
  • Auto insurance policies
  • Pet vaccinations
  • School references
  • Employer references
  • Income tax filings

And that’s just a sampling. It’s kind of daunting, we know, but if you focus on one item at a time, the paperwork becomes more manageable. Our staff will assist you to ensure everything is submitted in a timely manner.

There is not a set timeline from start to finish when applying to become a foster parent. It typically takes 4-6 months from the first call to be fully licensed and ready for placement, however there are many variables that can shorten or lengthen this time frame. 

Learn More

We get asked a lot of questions during the foster parent process. Take a look at our FAQs page to see if we’ve answered your questions. We also offer group informational sessions and one-on-one chat sessions about traditional and treatment foster care so you can learn more.

  • Group informational sessions are a great introduction to foster care where you can meet other like-minded individuals who may ask questions you hadn’t yet thought of to ask.
  • One-on-one chats give you the opportunity to speak candidly with our staff while having their undivided attention to answer all your questions in private.
  • Email or call us at 855-778-5437 to chat from your home.