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Florida Qualifications

  • Must be over 21 years of age.
  • Provision of 2 personal letters of reference per foster parent. 
  • Have a dedicated bedroom and bedding for each youth in the home.
  • Provision of a physical exam by your own doctor for any individuals with a pre-existing physical health or mental health diagnosis.
  • Completion of all required training classes and supplemental trainings. 
  • Level 2 background checks to be completed for each person in the home over age 12.
  • Lead child welfare agency must approve your license and the Department of Children and Families must sign off on your license.

Qualified foster parents are also:

  • Single or married adult of any race, religion or sexual orientation. 
  • In good physical and mental health.
  • Able to demonstrate financial security (monthly income and monthly expenses must balance without a deficit). 
  • Able to clear a background study and provide positive references. 
  • Willing to participate in a home study including a home health inspection.
  • Willing to participate in training to earn and maintain fostering license in good standing. Training is provided at no cost.