• 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.

    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.