• Qualifications Required to be a Foster or Adoptive Family

    "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. Do you have what it takes to help a youth in need?

    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.