What makes a foster parent great?
- Caring and Kindness
- Compassion and Empathy
- Communication and Good Listening Skills
- Patience and Perseverance
- Stability and Consistency
- Flexibility and Adaptability
- Ability to guide and discipline without the use of physical punishment
- Ability to care for the physical and emotional well-being of yourself and others
- A willingness to work with other people in the child’s life
- A willingness to support the child to develop a sense of identity that includes their culture, language and religion, where appropriate
Who Can Become A Foster Parent?
Foster Parents can be married, single, divorced, widowed, same-sex couples, or co-parents. Foster Parents can follow their Faith or be non-religious.
In Florida, you may be eligible for foster parenting if you:
- Are committed to loving and nurturing a child in your home
- Are willing to work in partnership with everyone involved in the child's life to meet the child's needs
- Are dedicated to helping a child be reunified with the biological family
- Are at least 21 years old
- Attend required training sessions
- Consent to criminal and child abuse registry checks
- Are financially able to provide for your present needs and family emergencies
- Pass a health inspection of your home
- Have enough physical space in your home to accommodate children
- Are willing to meet with a licensing counselor for an in-depth home study to determine if your family meets these requirements
The Process to Becoming A Foster Parent
Caring for children who have been abused or neglected and being a role model for biological parents working to reunify with their children is a significant responsibility and, ultimately, a matter of public trust.
To qualify as a potential foster parent you must:
- Attend an orientation and complete the application
- Complete 20 to 30 hours of foster parent training
- Favorability pass a child abuse and criminal background check
- Participate in a home inspection
- Participate in a home study to review your readiness for fostering
- Be accepted and follow-through with licensing requirements
- Be prepared and ready to welcome foster children into your home
Foster Palm Beach's Centralized Foster Home Recruiter is a program of Speak Up For Kids of Palm Beach County created through a Children's Service Council Great Ideas Initiative grant to address the critical need for foster parents in Palm Beach County.
Speak Up For Kids is committed to providing every vulnerable child in Palm Beach County with a voice to advocate for their physical, educational and emotional best interests. Any financial support should be made directly through: www.SpeakUpForKidsPBC.org