Fostering a child might sound like a daunting task for prospective foster parents. Where do you even start? It can seem overwhelming at times, but the process is actually somewhat simple. The first step is to receive a foster care license. Most states in the U.S. require a foster parent to have one, including Kansas. So, how do you get your license?
To get the license, you must meet these requirements:
- Be able to meet basic income guidelines
- Have reliable transportation
- Everyone that currently lives in the home must undergo a background check
- Be able to provide a bed for each child in the home
- Be independent. You cannot have any government assistance like food stamps, Medicaid, or Section 8 Housing
- Complete a 30-hour course called TIPS-MAPP, which can help you decide if becoming a foster parent is a right fit for you
You may also be expected to complete First Aid and CPR training.
Starting The Paperwork Process
Once you have completed the TIPS-MAPP class, you will be assigned to a Family Service Coordinator. Their job is to help you through the process, including filling out licensing applications and ensuring you have met the standards listed above.
When all of your forms are filled out you’ll get a visit from a Kansas Department of Health and Environment employee. They’ll do one last walk through to make sure everything in your home is up to par, and then you will be issued your Foster Care License!
The entire process of meeting the requirements, filling out applications, receiving a visit from the Family Service Coordinator, and a visit from the KDHE can take anywhere from three to nine months.
After the process, a social worker may contact you about placing children in your home, and you can begin your journey as a foster parent!
Helping kids is one of the most rewarding things you can do. If you have any questions about becoming a foster parent, contact us and we will be happy to answer them!