What is the criteria for becoming a foster parent?

You have hit on a complex issue, because each state has differing regulations on criteria for becoming a foster parent. To ensure that you meet the criteria for your state, contact your local Necco Office.

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What are the steps to becoming a foster parent?

Fostering is a family decision. We encourage our applicants to have discussions about the decision to foster with the entire family. Once you and your family have determined that fostering is for you, the next step is to contact your local office and speak with a Home Resource Coordinator (HRC). Although the approval process can vary from state to state, generally, you can expect:

  • Weekly training sessions
  • Home visits made to your home
  • A home study completed on you and your family
  • Background checks

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Is there funding available for foster parents?

Foster parents are reimbursed for their care of foster children. This can be referred to as a Foster “per diem”. Money received by foster parents is not subject to taxes or considered income.

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Is there funding available for foster parents?

Foster parents are reimbursed for their care of foster children. This can be referred to as a Foster “per diem”. Money received by foster parents is not subject to taxes or considered income.

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How long do foster care placements typically last?

You’ll find that there isn’t really a typical time frame, because children are placed in foster care for so many different reasons. And each of these affect the extent of time. Some may need temporary placement with a foster family until a relative can be located. Some children may need a stable environment in which to finish school or until their parents can meet their treatment goals. Lastly, some children may need long-term to permanent care (adoption).

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Why should I become a foster parent?

Currently, there are over 400,000 children living in the foster care system and not enough foster parents to create a loving home for each of them. Research has shown that foster parents who provide stability, security and a good relationship can help young people to develop and mature emotionally. (Social Care Institute for Excellence).

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What’s the best foster care program?

Necco provides unmatched support to our foster families. It is through this support, sense of family, and teamwork, that we are able to achieve positive outcomes for children.

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How long before a child can be placed in my care?

There is no “waiting period” after your foster home is approved. It is not uncommon for foster parents to accept their first placement within days of their home being approved.

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Can I decide the age of the child that I foster?

During your home study, you will be interviewed on the children that you feel you could best foster. We will ask you placement questions such as age range, sex and sibling groups. The placement team will use this information to match foster children with foster homes.

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I’m worried about fostering a child because I have small children.

During the placement process, we will share referral information freely with you so that you can make an informed decision on fostering a particular child.

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Will I be in contact with the families of my foster child?

For some foster children, the goal is to reunify the child with his/her family. The reunification plan may involve scheduled visits with the child’s family or family therapy sessions. Foster parents may be asked to provide information regarding the child’s progress. In some states, this may be required on a weekly basis. Your case manager will be able to discuss with you the level of family contact that your foster child needs.

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What if am fostering a child and it doesn’t work out?

Necco provides the highest level of support to both our foster parents and foster children. Using a team approach, our skilled staff of case managers and therapists are with you every step of the way. We will assist and help guide you through any decisions you need to make.

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How long is the process to become a foster parent?

Regulations and requirements on foster parenting can differ from state to state. Because of this, we are unable to set a timeframe on the approval process. However, foster parents who attend required training and are timely with providing requested documentation can be approved sooner.

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Can I adopt a child through Necco?

Absolutely! We love to build families through adoptions! Your Home Resource Coordinator will establish that you are a foster to adopt home during your approval process. This will help match children who are looking for a loving, adoptive home.

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What are the steps to adopting a child?

Every adoption process and situation is different. In most cases, your family will be required to complete a Home Study. It is your best foot forward! The home study helps to tell the story of your own family and why your

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Can I adopt a specific child through Necco?

All adoptive children have goals and plans determined by a team of individuals handling the case. To find out if you are able to adopt a specific child, reach out to your Necco Case Manager and Home Resource Coordinator.

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How long does the adoption process take?

All of our adoptive foster parents would agree that they wish adoption was as easy as snapping their fingers! However, each case is different. Your Necco Case Manager will be there to help you navigate through the entire process.

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What fees are associated with adoption?

If you are currently fostering a child through Necco, you can legally adopt a child without incurring any fees through our Foster-2-Adopt Program. Some Necco locations do offer Adoption Home Studies for parents who are not Necco foster parents. To find out if your local Necco office provides adoption home study services, contact us today!

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Am I too old or too young to be a foster parent?

Good question, and not a quick answer. Minimum and maximum age requirements can vary from state to state. Reach out to your local Necco office to inquire about the age regulations where you live.

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If I’m divorced, can I still be a foster parent?

You can! There is no marital status requirement to become a foster parent in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, or Georgia.

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How can I complete foster training when my spouse travels for work?

Necco prides itself on working around our families’ schedules. We understand that you have a life and are thrilled that you are willing to welcome a foster child into it. Trust that we will happily arrange a training schedule that works for you.

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Do you offer childcare, so I can attend foster parenting classes?

Reach out to your local Necco office to see what arrangements can be made to fit your training needs.

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Can unmarried couples become foster parents?

The short answer is yes. If you live in Ohio, Kentucky, or West Virginia then both individuals will be approved as foster parents. If you reside In Georgia, only one individual can be approved as a foster parent.

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We work full time, can we still foster?

In some cases, sure. Every child’s needs are different, and we match the needs of a foster child with the capabilities of foster parents. This includes things like experience, schedules, and family dynamics.

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Do I have too many kids to become a foster parent?

Your state has regulations in place regarding the total number of biological, adopted, foster, and kinship children who are permitted to live in the foster home at a given time. Reach out to the Home Resource Coordinator in your local Necco office to determine what your state’s regulations are.

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Do I have too many pets to be a foster parent?

We love pets. And more to the point, there aren’t any regulations that limit the number of pets permitted in the home. However, foster parents must inoculate each pet and provide record of such to maintain certification. In addition, pets must be well maintained and groomed to prevent unsanitary home conditions.

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Can I foster a child if I’m a renter?

This is not a problem. Foster parents can rent or own their home. In West Virginia, Ohio and Georgia, proof of homeowner’s or renter’s insurance will be required during the approval process and as required thereafter.

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Is my house too small to be a foster parent?

This is more of a bedroom question. There are no square footage requirements of living space per household member. However, every child requires a bedroom for sleeping.

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How many bedrooms do I need to foster a child?

Every child requires a bedroom for sleeping. However, every child does not need his/her own bedroom. Each state does have specific requirements regarding same sex children sharing bedrooms, and number of total children per room. Please contact your local Necco office for clarification on these regulations.

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Can I foster if I live in a mobile home a condo or an apartment?

Yes you can. There are no regulations against fostering in a mobile home, condo, or apartment. In West Virginia, Ohio and Georgia, proof of homeowner’s or renter’s insurance will be required during the approval process and as required thereafter.

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Can I foster if I don’t have a car?

Due to the needs of our foster children, Necco requires that our foster parents have reliable transportation.

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Can I foster if I have been charged with or convicted of a crime?

Maybe. Not all crimes are disqualifiers. Your local Necco Home Resource Coordinator can review your charges/convictions to determine eligibility.

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Can I foster if I have medical issues?

All potential foster parents are required to undergo a physical examination. A qualified medical professional must complete a medical report to determine mental and physical ability for fostering.

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Can I foster if I receive mental health services?

All potential foster parents are required to undergo a physical examination. A medical professional must complete a medical report to determine mental and physical approval for fostering. A letter from your mental health provider may be requested.

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Can I foster if I am a recovering addict?

All potential foster parents are required to undergo a physical examination. A medical professional must complete a medical report to determine mental and physical approval for fostering. Additional documentation may be requested.

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Can I foster if I have had past CPS involvement?

Your local Necco Home Resource Coordinator can review your CPS history to determine eligibility.

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Do I make enough money to be a foster parent?

One of the most popular myths of foster care is that you have to be wealthy to be a foster parent. This is not accurate. Foster care regulations require that foster parents provide documentation to verify that their current income is self-sustaining for their current expenses. Proof of this may include: pay stubs, W2’s, Tax Returns, bank statement, or direct deposit records.

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If I don’t work, can I be a foster parent?

Foster parents must provide documentation to verify that your income is self-sustaining for current expenses. Proof of this may include: pay stubs, W2’s, Tax Returns, bank statement, or direct deposit.

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If I’m on disability, can I be a foster parent?

Foster parents must provide documentation to verify income is self-sustaining for current expenses. Proof of this may include: pay stubs, W2’s, Tax Returns, bank statement, or direct deposit.

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If I receive government benefits, can I be a foster parent?

Check with your local Necco office. Some states allow foster parents to receive government benefits while fostering.

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Can I foster a specific child?

Once you have completed the approval process for becoming a foster parent. Necco can work with you and the placing agency to coordinate placement.

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Can I foster through Necco, if I am with another agency?

Necco is able to provide a seamless transition from your previous agency. Many times, it involves updating forms and ensuring that your paperwork is current.

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I was in foster care, can I be a foster parent?

Of course! Being a foster child yourself can help you provide insights into the lives of the foster children we serve.

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Can I foster a child if I don’t have a HS diploma or GED?

There are no regulations that specify an education level for foster parents.

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I am a daycare provider, can I be a foster parent?

Reach out to your local Necco office to inquire about the regulations on becoming a foster parent while operating an in home daycare.

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