Foster Parent FAQs
What are the requirements for being a foster parent?
There are a few requirements that each foster parent must meet:
- Foster parents must be at least 21 years of age and in good physical and mental health;
- They must be able to support themselves financially;
- They must be willing to assist and support the foster children's contact with their natural parents
- They assist in reuniting them with their families or prepare them for permanent homes through adoption
- Children are placed in foster homes by matching their needs with the foster parent's or families' situations or requirements.
What types of children are in foster care?
Children of all ages, origins, ethnicity and backgrounds are waiting to be fostered.
Does it cost a lot of money to be a foster parent?
There is a minimal financial cost in being a foster parent:
The foster parents receive a monthly stipend to care for the child;
The child or children are totally covered for medical and dental services; and
Financial help with recreational and educational activities is available.
What types of people are foster parents?
Men, Women, Single, Married, Home Owners, Renters...Everyday people just like you are fostering children.
Will the foster care process take a long time?
The length of time will vary, depending on the procedures involved in each situation.
The process usually includes:
- Attending an informational meeting, and completing an application;
- Attending a conveniently scheduled 10-week training program (MAPP – Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting); and
- Participating in a home study.
What is a 'home study'?
A home study is the synopsis of the information compiled on the prospective foster parent, including but not limited to: references, background check, health screening, and brief biography of the family history.
Still have questions? Call Brevard Family Partnership at 321-752-4650 today!