Becoming a Foster Parent

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Foster Care

Children of foster parents often come from families in crisis, so adults thinking of becoming foster parents must research this choice carefully. This Web guide can help you decide whether you’re ready to be a foster parent, find support resources, and if you are (or were) in the foster care system as a youth, connect you with others who have had similar experiences.

Becoming a Foster Parent

The resources in this section can help you learn more about the foster care system and gauge your family’s readiness to welcome a foster child into your lives.

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  • Individual states may have different application and certification processes for prospective foster parents. Use search terms like “foster parenting in Arizona” or “Minnesota foster parents” to find information specific to where you live.
  • If you’re considering becoming a foster parent to a child with a medical issue, findingDulcinea has numerous health Web guides to help you research a variety of subjects.

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Adopting a Foster Child

Occasionally, the opportunity arises for parents to adopt their foster kids. Read on if you want to learn more about making a foster child a permanent part of your family.

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  • Much like the process of becoming a foster parent, procedures for adopting a foster child can vary from state to state. An agency like your state’s Department of Children and Family Services may be able to answer more specific questions.

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Connect with Foster Parents

If you’d like to connect with other foster parents or find support groups to share successes and concerns, the Web can be a great place to start.

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  • As with any online community, remember to be cautious of how much personally identifying information you share with others.

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Support for Foster Kids

A multitude of online support groups and educational resources exist to help foster kids live successful lives. The Web sites below recommend online communities specifically for foster children, as well as scholarships and educational opportunities.

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