To become a foster parent in the state of Missouri, you are required to have a license issued by the state. Through our foster care and adoption services we provide training for potential foster parents and families, as well as conduct home studies to ensure prospective families are qualified to become licensed care providers. On average, it takes  4 – 6 months  to become a licensed foster parent. We have family development specialist that will help you navigate the process. 

We partner with Missouri Children's Division to find homes for children in state care. Licensing ensures that children are placed with nurturing families in homes that meet standards set by the State.

You are considered fully licensed by Cornerstones of Care once the following is accomplished:

  • All training, paperwork, and home study have been completed.
  • You have been recommended by Cornerstones of Care and approved by the state to be a foster parent.
  • You have received your vendor number and contract from the State.

Become a Foster Parent

License Renewal in Missouri

Upon receiving your license, it is valid for two years. Please be aware of your license’s expiration date, as it will need to be renewed in a timely manner. We try to notify our licensed foster parents of their upcoming license expiration within 3 months of the renewal date. The renewal process includes updating certain paperwork, such as:

  • An application for licensure
  • Criminal background check
  • Training classes
  • A family assessment, also known as a home study
  • Interviews with family members and case workers you’ve worked with

Contact Us for Your Renewal Packet