QUALIFICATIONS OF FOSTER PARENTS

  • Pass a strenuous background check. 

  • Be at least 25 years of age.

  • Be financially stable.

  • Be physically and emotionally healthy and able to perform their duties.

  • Ability to read, write and speak English. [English does not have to be the primary language.] 

  • Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation and insurance.

  • Willing to obtain liability insurance. 

  • Complete 23-hour preservice training [TN Keys].

  • Own or rent your own home.

  • Complete a home study,  medical exam, and an informational meeting. 

  • Provide a safe, stable, and secure environment for the child/youth.

  • Have room in your home and in your daily life.

  • Role model healthy family living. 

  • Support permanency plans and goals.

  • Nurture positive attachments with children and youth, their families, and other significant relationships.

  • Meet the physical and mental health care needs of the child/youth.

  • Promote social and emotional development.

  • Promote educational attainment and success.

  • Collaborate with Superior Caregivers, DCS, providers, and child and family team members.

  • Willingness to interact with and mentor birth parents.

  • Advocate for resources to meet needs specific to the child/youth.

  • Prepare children and youth for self-sufficient and responsible adult lives.

  • Engage activities to meet children’s individual recreational, cultural, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and spiritual needs, corresponding with agency policy.

  • Meet and maintain all licensing or approval requirements.

  • Develop and build skills as a foster parent – participate in training, professional/skill development, foster parent associations and support groups.

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