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  • Complete a Foster Parent Assessment HERE
  • Single, married, same-sex couples of any race or religion. 
  • At least 21 years of age.
  • Receive an informational call from a NYAP Licensing Coordinator
  • Complete an Application Packet including criminal history background checks, Driving Record and Child Protective Services checks
  • Provide at least four (4) positive references
  • Complete CPR, First Aid and Universal Precautions training (NYAP can provide you guidance)
  • Provide a safe, loving, nurturing home and participate in a Physical Home Environment inspection, which includes assuring a minimum of 50 sq. ft. of bedroom space for each youth
  • Be in good physical and mental health. Physician must complete a medical form for each household member. 
  • Complete 30 hours of pre-service training provided by NYAP
  • Work closely with a NYAP Licensing Coordinator and participate in a series of interviews to aid in completing your home study.
  • Provide documentation of financial security. Fostering should not become a financial burden as the State provides funds to care for the youth.  There is no cost to become licensed with NYAP.

NYAP is actively seeking both English-speaking and bilingual homes for the following:

  • Teens
  • Sibling groups