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While foster parents are just as unique as the children they support, the most important qualifications to become a foster parent include the ability to provide a safe, loving, and nurturing home.

Qualified foster parents are:

  • 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. 

Learn more about each state’s qualifications: