There are a few different things that go into this answer.
First is how fast/hard you are willing to work. There is a lot of paperwork
that goes into becoming a licensed foster care provider. If you are diligent in
getting the paperwork in and following through with the paperwork you can get
it done in as little as a few months.
Secondly, each state is going to have their own set of
regulations you are going to have to meet to become a licensed foster care
provider. Make sure to check with your state’s requirements before getting too
far into the process. For more information you can check out fosteradoption.com to
get yourself acquainted with the process.
Also, you should be prepared for references. If you want to
get a head start on the process, think of people who would make good character
references for you. They will need to either provide a written recommendation
for your or a verbal recommendation on your behalf.
You may want to check out fosterparenting.com
before becoming a foster parent in order to better equip yourself for the care
and benefit of the children entering your home.