Becoming a Foster Parent

Who can become a foster parent?

  • Adults who can commit to providing a caring home to a child in need
  • Adults who can build on their current parenting skills and are open to learning new ones
  • Adults who can provide safety, stability, and structure that allows children to grow and develop.

Ascentria foster parents have diverse backgrounds and experiences. Some provide long-term homes; some provide short-term respite; some are single; some are part of large families; some have never had children of their own; and some are grandparents. Like foster children, every foster parent is unique. Foster parents must be able to look past the “label” placed on a child and find the strengths that will allow that child to successfully move into healthy adulthood. They must participate in a required training program offered without charge in various locations statewide, and must meet state guidelines for foster parenting, which includes having a high school diploma or GED, and being at least 25 years of age.

We would be happy to answer your questions about becoming a foster parent.