Becoming a Foster Parent

Becoming a foster parent can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Below is a list of items required for being considered as a foster parent:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Complete 30 hours of pre-service training (MAPP Class)
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Complete 10 additional hours of therapeutic training
  • Complete training in CPR/First Aid, Seizure Management, Medication Administration, Blood Borne Pathogens, Alternatives to Restraints
  • Participate in consumer specific and on-going comprehensive training programs as required
  • Must have a sustainable form of income
  • Valid Driver’s License
  • High School Diploma/GED
  • Pass a National background Check and SLED
  • Pass a physical and obtain approval from your physician to perform foster care
  • Attend school meetings, doctor’s appointments, court appearances and encourage participation in extracurricular activities for and with the children

In addition to the above items, each potential foster parent must complete an application to become a resource parent including home study, financial, personal, medical, mental health assessment by our team of licensing professionals.

CTSHealth recognizes the value of the role the licensed resource parent has in providing services to clients in our care and will:

1. Treat resource parents and their families with respect and fairness
2. Include resource parents as an integral part of the care and treatment team
3. Provide sufficient and pertinent information, support and supervision, guidance and training to the resource parent to empower their success in fostering clients placed in their home
4. Provide after hours on-call support for client crisis intervention and management
5. Provide access to the agency’s Resource Parent Director/liaison for coordination and participation in the Resource Parent Advisory Board council functions
6. Notify resource parents of agency policy and procedural changes.