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West Virginia Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must provide a drug and violence-free home.
  • Must have ample space so each foster child can have their own bed.
  • Must be financially stable without dependence on the foster care per diem. 
  • Cannot receive state assistance such as food stamps and medical cards (CHIPS are acceptable.)
  • Must be willing to undergo criminal background checks and safety checks of the home.
  • Must complete a home study.
  • Must have reliable transportation with insurance.

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.