Frequently Asked Questions

How long are children in foster care?
Circumstances vary so it is hard to predict in all cases. Some children are in foster care only a few days or weeks while others may end up being adopted by their foster parents. The length of time a child spends in foster care really depends on what is best for them in the long run. On average, families may have a child from 6 months to 2 years or longer.

Do I need to be married to be a foster parent?
No. Single persons and unmarried couples can also become approved as foster parents. However, if two adults are presenting as a couple, then both must go through the approval process.

What must I provide for a foster child?
The things you must provide are food, clothing, shelter, and most important of all, love and support. When one of our agency staff members talks with you, you will get more information regarding requirements. We will be happy to answer all of your questions.

Will I receive support when working with a foster child?
Yes! A case manager will work with you from the time a child comes to your home. The case manager will have weekly contact with you and the child, either in person or by phone. You will also have assistance available to you through our emergency on-call service 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

Will I receive financial support when working with a foster child?
Yes. Families United Network provides a daily stipend for each child in care with your family. A child will also come with their own state medical insurance which will cover medical, dental and pharmaceutical needs.

Why should I consider becoming a foster parent?
There is a growing need for foster homes for children and teens, and a particular need to keep siblings together. When a family is in crisis and children are unable to remain with their caretaker, we need loving, stable foster families to step in and walk with a child through this challenging time. These children, like all children, need love, support, guidance, and structure in their lives. You have the opportunity to make a real difference in a child's life at a time when they need it most!

How long does the process take to get approved as a foster parent?
Our staff take pride in being flexible and working closely with a family to become approved. The average amount of time it takes for a family to become fully approved is about 2-3 months. We are also able to complete Emergency Caretaker approvals for referred kinship families within 60 days.

How do I get started?
Complete the online form and one of our staff will be in touch with you shortly so we can answer all of your questions and get you scheduled for an Orientation session.

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