Qualifications

"It takes a special person to be a great foster parent; someone who realizes the child isn't perfect and probably is carrying a lot of heavy emotional baggage." - Jimmy Wayne, country music star and former foster youth

The Collaborative Foster Care Program (CFCP) sets high standards because we believe our youth deserve the very best.

A Foster or Adoptive Parent Must Be

  • At least 21 years of age (7.708.22)
  • A U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident of the U.S. or lawfully present in the U.S.
  • Any religion, race, ethnicity, or cultural background
  • Married, single, living with a partner, owns a home or is renting
  • Able to support your existing family and foster youth with stable income (7.708.21i)
  • Healthy enough to care for youth
  • Approved and certified by The Collaborative Foster Care Program

A Foster Family Will

  • Support efforts made to reunify youth with their family
  • Work closely with the youth’s family
  • Transport youth to visitation with their family (often more than 1 time per week)

An Adoptive Family Will

  • Support ongoing connections with youth’s family or significant others
  • Commit to their adopted youth forever

All Families Will

  • Provide a safe, stable, caring home free from abuse and neglect
  • Understand that youth have experienced trauma, grief and loss
  • Learn special skills and have a flexible parenting style to meet the youth’s specific needs
  • Help youth heal while they begin moving forward in their lives
  • Utilize non-physical forms of discipline