How Do I Become a Foster Parent & What Training is Required?

 

In this video Trey Rabun of Amara discusses the steps necessary to become a foster parent and what training is required.

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.

Posted by Trey Rabun

Trey graduated with his Master's in Social Work from the University of Washington in 2011 and soon after begun his career at Amara. He also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Hampton University and a Master's Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Illinois. Trey spent 4 ½ years as a case manager at Amara assessing, licensing, and supporting foster parents and their foster children. In April 2016, he took on a new role leading Amara's efforts in outreach and recruitment of foster parents. Personally, Trey and his partner have been foster parents for about 1 ½ years and currently have a two-year-old foster child. In his free time, Trey enjoys cooking, traveling, and playing with his Pug.



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