Foster Care Requirements Checklist

To be licensed with Children's Bureau, a foster family must meet these minimum requirements:

  • The whole household will be impacted by fostering in some way; therefore, all members, including children, must agree to become a foster family.
  • Parents must be at least 25 years old to be licensed with Children's Bureau Inc. (21 years old to be licensed through your local County Office of Family & Children or some other private agencies.)
  • Must have stable income. Applicants cannot be on public assistance or subsidized housing.
  • May be single, married, non-married couple or divorced. (May not be "in the process" of a divorce or separated.)
  • Cannot have anyone in the home with any felony or some misdemeanor convictions.
  • Must have sufficient space (50 square feet for each child in a bedroom and personal storage space).
  • Each child must have his or her own bed (not a futon or pull-out couch), and a foster child cannot displace a biological child from his or her bed.
  • Children may not be assigned to a bedroom located in a basement.
  • Must have valid driver's license and reliable, insured transportation.

If you meet these minimum qualifications, click here to see the steps toward obtaining your foster family license.

Give us a call to talk about the process. We'd be happy to answer any questions for you!