Becoming a foster parent is a process that entails taking the initiative to contact a foster agency, submitting a formal application, completing a foster home study, receiving placement and officially becoming a foster parent. It is estimated that the period between contacting an agency and a child being placed under the care of a foster parent is 10 to 12 months.
Contacting an Adoption Agency: The first step requires contacting the most suitable agency. During this time an interested parent is taken through a series of orientations to get a better understanding of what is required.
Application to Foster: second step requires a formal application in writing and completion of training sessions aimed at equipping the parent with desirable skills and knowledge to foster a child.
Foster Home Study: This step requires a caseworker visit to ascertain if home requirements are met and if the applicant is ready to foster.
Approval: This is the fourth step and entails verification of the applicant's official details and the outcome of the results of a home study assessment.
Placement: After all the above steps are completed, a child or group of children are officially placed under temporary care of the applicant. The amount of time for which the applicant cares for the child or children may vary from a few days to months.