iStock 000013474356XSmallTo be a successful foster parent you must love children and want to help them. Being a foster parent is a rewarding experience, although it is often hard work. You must meet the requirements for licensing by the State of Michigan and go through initial and ongoing training. You must be willing to cooperate with this agency, the courts, and birth parents who are working towards reunification with their children.

  • You do not have to be married to foster a child or children. Many children will thrive in a single parent or cohabitating home.

  • You do not need to own your own home. A rented home or apartment is fine, as long as there is adequate bedroom space per child. The home must be free from health and fire hazards and must have a safe play area for children.

  • You do not need to be rich to be a foster parent. Even if you receive some type of financial assistance, you are still eligible to provide foster care as long as you have resources to provide for your family.

 Anyone applying to foster must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be 18 years of age or older

  • Be of good moral character

  • Be willing to provide care for children who are in foster care

  • Understand the care which must be provided to the children, or express a willingness to learn how to provide that care

  • Have enough time to provide care and supervision for the children

  • Have a specific source of income, and be capable of managing that income, to meet the needs of the family

  • Be of such physical, mental, and emotional health to be able to properly care for the children

  • Be stable, mature, dependable, and flexible

  • Be able to assure the proper care and safety of children

  • Have the ability to advocate for children

  • Be willing to comply with the licensing rules

  • Be a team player in the best interest of the child or children placed in your home

If you have a spouse or live-in-partner, they will also be required to participate in the licensing process.


Foster Parents Bill of Rights

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