The Process of Becoming a Foster Parent

Becoming a foster parent is a big decision, and a big responsibility. Fortunately, The Villages will be at your side every step of the way to help you succeed. Here’s how the process works.

Becoming a Foster Parent
First, we encourage everyone to attend an information session. This is a chance for you to learn more, ask specific questions, and speak one-on-one to our team. Next, you’ll attend 20 hours of pre-service training, provided for free by The Villages and held at several locations around Indiana. You’ll also need to complete CPR, First Aid, and Universal Precautions training if you’re not already certified.

After training, we’ll have you complete the paperwork process, which includes background information, a medical exam, and the necessary background checks. This is followed by meeting with a case manager for at least three home visits in order to determine what type of child/children is the best match for your home.

Once the case manager completes the Structured Analysis Family Evaluation for your family, you’ll have the opportunity to review the report and sign it. The licensing information will then be submitted to the Department of Child Services for review and licensure.

Getting Licensed as a Foster Parent
Every individual is different, and the amount of time to complete the licensing requirements and training can vary for every home. Generally, the process takes an average of about six months. Once your license is approved, you can accept children into your home. On average, children stay in our foster homes for about three months, although this can vary greatly depending on the specific needs of the child’s situation.

Count on The Villages for Support
Throughout the foster process, you’ll never be alone. The Villages provides 24-hour support, and case management for the child and foster family that includes home visits based on the child’s level of need. We also provide treatment plan development as necessary, and representation at court, school meetings, and treatment team meetings. You may also find help through our support groups and ongoing trainings. We want you to succeed, and we’ll do whatever we can to make sure that you do.

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