How To Become a Foster Parent
To become a successful adult, teens need one around for guidance. Teenagers can be many things to many people. They can be promising students. They can be budding athletes. And most importantly, they can be the building blocks to a better tomorrow - for all of us. But no teenager can become a successful adult without one around to guide them and show them what it means to be one. Alabama has hundreds of teenagers that need an adult just like you to offer them a place in your family. They need an adult to share their insight and guidance. They need an adult to offer them encouragement when they're down, and applause when they've done well. By providing foster care to teenagers, you not only help youths realize their full potential, you give growing children a safe, educational and caring environment in which to do it. In the process, it not only enriches their lives but yours as well.
Who are the teenagers who need foster care?
- Healthy, average teenagers
- Teenagers who have been neglected, physically abused or sexually abused
- Teenagers with backgrounds or experiences that have placed them at risk
- Teenagers of all ethnic groups
- Teenagers with various degrees of mental, physical and emotional problems
- Teenagers who have brothers and sisters that they must be placed with them
What they need most is your ability and your care.
Families or individuals interested in providing foster care for children are subject to an approval process. The main requirement is to have the ability and desire to provide the type care needed by the child or children served.
- Foster homes can provide care for up to six children.
- Children in foster care have a Social Worker assigned to them to support placement and access necessary services.
- Foster care applicants complete a 30 hour preparation course and receive information necessary to prepare them for a rewarding family experience.
- Families are paid for room and board.
You could be a foster family if...
- All members of your family are willing to share their home with a child who needs care.
- You are at least 19 years of age.
- All members of your family are in good enough health to care for foster children.
- You can provide a safe, comfortable atmosphere and regular, nutritious meals.
- Your home conforms to Alabama Minimum Standards for Foster Family Homes.
- Your home provides enough space for the foster child.
- You must be willing to undergo a thorough background check, including criminal history.