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     Steps to Become a Foster Adoptive Parent

     

The process consists of incorporate steps such as a home safety and fire inspection, fingerprinting, a criminal background check, and TB testing.  If you are fostering or fostering- to-adopt, you are required to learn CPR and First Aid as well as take medication monitoring training.  Since the adoption and foster care process is very similar you may want to pursue a dual license. 

                Information Meeting
                Preparation
                Training
                Family Home Study
              
   Information Meeting

You will need to attend one of Homebound's Information meeting where you will get basic information and discuss foster or adoptive parent requirements.  Information meetings are free and no reservation is needed.  Fill out an interest form or Contact Us to find out when and where the next meeting will be held!        

   Preparation

Once your family has meet the basic requirements of a foster or adoptive parent, setup a meeting with an Homebound Agent to walk through each step of the process.

   Training

Every prospective adoptive parent will attend a  P.R.I.D.E training to learn more about the children & assess your strengths and weakness's in parenting children.  It will expand your knowledge and confidence to meet all of the challenges of taking children into your home.        

   Family Home Study

A Homebound caseworker will visit you in your home.  The purpose is to discuss your personal history, family interests and lifestyle, childcare experiences, the types of children you feel would best fit in your home, and your strengths and skills in meeting the children's needs.        

Dependant on how quickly you can turn all of your completed paperwork, the process averages about 3-4 months.   It is important to know that this is an exploratory process and that you may change your mind anytime throughout the process.  If you chose to continue, Homebound staff will help you through the process after you are licensed and when you have kids in your home.  We are committed to helping you and advocating for you at every step of the way so that each family will have a successful adoption experience.

If you are interested in becoming a Homebound adoptive or foster parent, your first step is to fill out the Inquiry Form or call 214.550.8810