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Illinois Qualifications

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • May or may not have children of their own.
  • May work in the home or outside the home.
  • Medical documentation for all household members.
  • May be homeowners or renters.
  • Must pass a criminal background check.
  • Background authorization for household members age 13 and above. FBI/State Police Fingerprints for household members 18 and above.
  • Complete CPR, First Aid and Universal Precautions training (NYAP can provide you guidance).
  • Complete 39 hours of pre-service training provided by NYAP.
  • Must meet all Illinois Foster Parent Licensing Standards.


Qualified foster parents are also:

  • Single, married, same-sex couples of any race or religion. 
  • In good physical and mental health.
  • Able to demonstrate financial security. 
  • Able to clear a background study and provide positive references. 
  • Willing to complete a home study to ensure a healthy environment.
  • Willing to participate in training before fostering and during the time as a foster parent. Training is provided at no cost.