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How To Become a Foster Parent

Watch more How to Prepare for a Baby videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - To become a foster parent you will have to qualify under strict guidelines. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Confirm your qualifications Confirm that you are at least 21, that you make enough money to support a child, and that your home is stable and safe, with room for the child and their belongings. Step 2: Understand risks Understand the emotional risks in growing attached to a child who must eventually leave, sometimes returning to people who may have hurt them in the past. Step 3: Attend information sessions Attend information sessions, or interview acquaintances who have taken on foster children. There are other ways to help children if this is not right for you. Tip Find out about license requirements at Step 4: Pass background check Pass a criminal background check and verify you have no alcohol or drug problems. Step 5: Complete application process Complete the application process through your local social or human service departments. Officials will assess your family's life style, character, and finances. Step 6: Attend certification classes Attend training classes sponsored by child placement agencies and your county to be certified as a foster parent. Tip Allow any current children to voice their opinions about the upcoming change. Step 7: Make home changes Make changes to your home to accommodate fire, safety, and health codes. Be prepared for unannounced inspections. Did You Know? Did you know? As of May 2009 there were nearly a half million children and youth in foster care in the United States.
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