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The Foster Home

 

Prospective foster parents do not need to own their own home. They can rent a home or even live in an apartment.

The foster home must be clean and clear from clutter. It also must be safe, both inside and outside, for children.

All regulations on safety for foster homes must be followed at all times.

 

Home Requirements

There are safety regulations for foster homes and they must be adhered to at all times. The following list shows different areas of concern that are pretty universal:

  • Fencing around pools or ponds
  • Guns and weapons secured
  • Stairways have railings
  • Bedroom size accommodations
  • Fire escapes posted and smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in each bedroom
  • Medication, knives, and cleaners stored up high or in locked containers
  • Basement windows large enough for escape and/or rescue by firemen

Frequently Asked Questions

We have listed some of the most frequently asked questions. Perhaps you are still trying to put it all together, but you have a question. Please send it to us, To Info@CareGiversYTLS.org

How do I get started to become a foster parent?

The first thing you should do, if you are considering fostering a child, is to fill out our initial inquiry form and submit it to us.

Do I have to be married to become a foster parent?

No. You can be married or single. But, if you have been divorced, you must show evidence.

How old do I have to be before I can be a foster parent?

You must be at least 21 years of age, financially stable, and a responsible mature adult.

Do I have to own a home to be a foster parent?

No. You do not need to own your own home. You can rent a home or even live in an apartment.

What is a Foster Care Subsidy?

A foster family receives monetary funding for aid and support.

Can a Foster Care Subsidy be misused?

Yes, unfortunately some families do take advantage of the foster care reimbursement. Before becoming a foster parent you must prove that you are financially fit and can take care of your family’s needs without the foster care subsidy. If you are unable to care for your own family without the aid of the subsidy, you cannot become a licensed foster parent.

What is Foster Care Subsidy NOT?
  • A great way to supplement your income
  • A home business
  • A way to pay off your mortgage
  • A way to buy a jet ski or motorcycle
  • A way to send your kids to college
  • A way for your kids to get name brand clothing (such as Gap)