How do I become a foster parent? Will I receive any financial assistance to care for a child(ren)?
Each State provides its own criteria and licensing requirements for foster parents, as well as support services, such as monthly maintenance payments. For information on how to become a foster parent and what types of support services are provided for foster parents in your State, you can contact your State-sponsored foster care information line or your local child welfare agency. Child Welfare Information Gateway (Information Gateway), a service of the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), provides a list of State Foster Care Information Websites.
If your State does not have a foster care information line, the local child welfare agency should be able to provide you with information about how to become a foster parent. Information Gateway offers a list of State Child Welfare Agency Websites.
In most States, private agencies also provide foster care services. To find out about these agencies, contact your State Licensing Specialist.