How To Become a Foster Parent
Watch more How to Prepare for a Baby videos: http://www.howcast.com/guides/435-How-to-Prepare-for-a-Baby Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - http://howc.st/uLaHRS 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: http://howc.st/ytmainplaylists Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - http://howc.st/HOE3aY Howcast Video Games Channel - http://howc.st/tYKKrk Howcast Tech Channel - http://howc.st/rx9FwR Howcast Food Channel - http://howc.st/umBoJX Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - http://howc.st/vmB86i Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - http://howc.st/vKjUjm Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - http://howc.st/vbbNt3 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 nfpainc.org. 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.