What are the requirements to adopt a child from foster care?

What are the requirements to adopt a child from foster care? 

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     This is a great question! Lots of people are interested in exploring the path to becoming an adoptive or foster parent, but the process can seem pretty daunting. Your first step is going to be to contact the local authorities over foster care in your area. (You may have to leave a message because social workers are pretty busy, but I promise they will get back to you!) They will be able to answer any basic questions you have and, if you are interested, sign you up for an orientation meeting that will not only answer any other in-depth questions, but start you on the path to becoming a foster care provider.

    Some requirements for being a foster care provider, and ultimately adopting through the foster care system, vary from state to state (like some states will not certify you if you have a trampoline on your property, while others require a specific kind of lock on your doors) but the basics tend to remain constant throughout the United States. First off, you have to be at least eighteen years old and you have to have a space designated for your foster child to live in. The exact size and nature of the space varies from state to state—some states require each child to have a separate bedroom, others simply require a specific amount of square footage, but you are going to need to have a bed and dresser for the child, for sure. You will need to go through a home study process where they will vet your background and your living conditions, and you will also need to go through training classes provided by your local foster agency—these classes will give you all the tools and resources you need to become certified.

    While it may seem like a lot of paperwork and training, just remember that the number one requirement you need is a desire to love a child and be a family!

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