Becoming a
Foster Parent

What Is
Foster Care?

“Foster care is utilized when circumstances in a child’s life make temporary placement outside of their family necessary for the child’s care and safety.  Agencies providing such care to children have the responsibility to insure that the child receives the necessary care, protection, and services leading to a permanent plan.” (Missouri Department of Social Services)

Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association (CMFCAA) believes in families!

Whether you’re committing to a long term or short term opportunity, CMFCAA can help you navigate the process of becoming a foster parent or adoptive parent.  All of CMFCAA’s programs are geared toward strengthening, recruiting and retaining quality foster and adoptive homes for our most vulnerable children who have suffered from neglect and abuse.

To be a Foster Parent:

  • You must be 21 years old or older
  • You may be single or married
  • You may live in a house, apartment, in the city, or in a rural area
  • You may have a high school diploma
  • You may have biological children, grandchildren, or an empty nest
  • You may be any race, ethnicity, or religion

Licensing requirements to becoming a Foster Parent:

  • Make an initial inquiry phone call with a licensing agency staff member.  That staff member will collect some basic information, answer your initial questions and send you some follow up information for you to become better acquainted with fostering.
  • An initial in home visit will be scheduled.  The licensing agency will ask additional information about the foster parent applicant(s), perform a preliminary walk through of the applicant’s home to ensure that the applicant has adequate space and can ensure physical safety within their home.
  • A comprehensive background check will be completed.  This will include providing the agency with medical physical reports from  your physician, FBI fingerprint background checks, child abuse and neglect background checks, financial stability information, and more.
  • A comprehensive and in-depth home study completed by a licensing agency through a series of home visits with the applicant family.  A home study in a narrative representation of the applicant family’s strengths and abilities.
  • Applicant will need to complete a pre-service training process in which all adult applicants in the home complete 27 hours of initial training on foster care and adoption.  STARS (Specialized Training, Assessment, Resources, and Support) Training is provided by the licensing agency and covers the following required competencies:

1.  Protecting and Nurturing Children
2.  Meeting Developmental Needs and Addressing Developmental Delays
3.  Supporting Relationships Between Children and their Families
4.  Connecting Children to Safe, Nurturing Relationships Intended to Last a Lifetime
5.  Working as a Member of a Professional Team

  • Upon licensure, foster parents must complete a minimum of 30 hours of additional training every two years in order to maintain foster parent licensure. CMFCAA provides 26 hours of training opportunity annually.  Other mandatory trainings include CPR/First Aid.

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