Refugee and Immigrant Foster Care

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Steps to Becoming a Foster Parent

Whether you are interested in fostering for the UC or URM program, the process to become licensed is the same! Our recruiters make it easy for you to start the process of opening your home to a youth in need of a safe, nurturing environment.


Inquire, Apply and Background Check

Contact our foster parent recruitment specialists to start the process!


Training and Assessment

After your application has been approved, you will attend a state-mandated training followed by a series of home visits in order to get to know your family better.

You will be able to set the pace for how quickly to proceed through this important step.


Licensing and Matching

If the background check, training and home study are completed, and your family is a good fit for the UC or URM program, you will officially become a licensed foster parent!

Your family resource worker will work with your team to match you with a youth in care.


Placement and Support

Now the real journey begins! You will be closely supported by a team of professionals as you welcome a new family member.

This partnership will continue as we collectively work to empower the youth toward reaching their full potential and the goal of living an independent and fulfilling life.



  • Complete a 30-hour Massachusetts Approach to Partnership in Parenting (MAPP) course provided by Ascentria
  • Complete a CPR/First Aid certification training provided by Ascentria
  • Agree to complete 20+ hours a year per foster parent of additional training, provided regularly through Ascentria.


✓ Be at least 25 years old

✓ Be a resident of Massachusetts

✓ Have a home that meets safety standards, including an available bedroom for a youth (can be homeowners or renters)

✓ Pass background checks including MA CORI/SORI, DCF history, and fingerprinting checks

✓ Single, partnered or married, all are welcome!

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