Foster parents are people who enjoy parenting and are willing to share their homes, time, energy and love with children who have suffered neglect or abuse.
In Washington State, you may become a foster parent if you meet these requirements:
- You are 21 years of age or older.
- You do not have a disqualifying criminal history or a history of founded child abuse and neglect.
- You have a regular source of income to meet your own family's needs.
- You have completed the Application for Foster Family Home Care License.
- You have completed the required number of hours of Foster Care & Adoptive Parent Pre-service Training.
- You have completed CPR/First Aid and Blood-Borne Pathogens training.
- You and all family members 18 and older are free from Tuberculosis (TB).
- You have had your home inspected to meet minimum licensing requirements.
- You agree to participate in a home study of your entire family.