Start at the Beginning…
In order to assure a safe and stable home for children in foster care, there are some basic qualifications that all families are required to meet:
- Foster parents may be legally married couples or single individuals (aged 21 or older). Couples who are not legally married are unable to be licensed. Same-sex couples are included within this requirement.
- Foster parents must be US citizens or legal residents.
- Foster parents and all persons aged 18 and older in the home must pass background checks.
- Foster parents need to be financially stable and able to support their family without relying upon the foster care reimbursement.
- Foster parents need to be healthy enough to care for children, as determined by their own medical provider.
- Foster parents will not be licensed to do both foster care and day care at the same time.
Utah Foster Care and the Division of Child and Family Services do not discriminate based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
While foster parents can be homeowners or renters, there are physical aspects of your home that are important. To put it succinctly, your home needs to be clean, in good repair, and free from health and fire hazards. It also needs to have enough room for any children you intend to foster.
If you have any questions about whether you or your home qualify, contact us or fill out the form below.