How to Become a Foster Parent
Most states have two paths to become a foster parent. The first way is to become licensed directly through your public or state agency. The second way is through a private agency or non-profit organization. The benefit of going through a private agency or non-profit is they often provide a little more support for the foster parent throughout the journey. But, regardless of the path you take the process is fairly similar.
In terms of training, there is typically a large upfront training class that is required, this is usually 20-30 hours of training. These courses cover every topic surrounding foster care such as general parenting to how to manage all of the child's foster-related appointments. Once you are licensed most states have ongoing training requirements, which means you will have access to many free training sessions to help you to continue your learning of being a parent.