Foster Parent Training


Foster parents are provided training, monthly maintenance payments, 12 days of paid vacation per year and two days of respite per month. Each foster child is assigned a case manager who closely monitors the care of the child through monthly visits and who coordinates the services the child needs according to the case plan goals established by the family support team. Additionally, foster parents are supported by the licensing and placement specialist to help maintain their license and obtain ongoing training.


Program Details

By providing children in need a safe, supportive environment, foster parents often gain an immensely rewarding experience.

Families or individuals who would like to become a foster parent must meet the following criteria to qualify:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • U.S. citizen by birth or naturalization, or be able to provide lawful immigration status
  • No criminal or child abuse/neglect record
  • Financially stable
  • Good physical, mental and emotional health
  • Home must be a safe environment for children
  • Available space to accommodate children
  • Successfully complete all training requirements (if married or co-habiting, both must attend all required trainings)
  • Participate in the home assessment process to become a licensed foster home

Foster parents can be single, cohabitating or married. They can own their own homes, or rent an apartment. Though their families take many forms, the underlying commonality shared by our foster parents is the ability to meet the following five competencies:

  • Protecting and nurturing children
  • Meeting developmental needs and addressing developmental delays
  • Supporting relationships between children and families
  • Connecting children to lifetime relationships
  • Working as a member of a professional team


The Joint Commission

Sponsors of this Program

Missouri Department of Social Services – Children’s Division