Whether you are an older adult or a younger adult, single, or married, a working or a stay-at-home-parent, a home owner or renter, adoption or foster care may be a good option for you. The questionnaire below will help you determine if foster or adopting therapeutic foster children is the best choice for you now.
If you answer Yes to all of the statements below, you are ready to begin the process of becoming a foster/adoptive parent.
Foster/adoptive parents must be 21 years old or older; single or legally married and must have a valid driver’s license (you may be divorced or widowed). YES/NO
Being a parent can be demanding. You must be healthy and emotionally stable to care for foster/adoptive children. All those living in your home must have a health statement completed by a physician showing that you are free of communicable diseases. YES/NO
During the home study, your Family Resource Coordinator will conduct a safety inspection of your home. You must have working smoke detectors, and a fire extinguisher is recommended. YES/NO
Children who are available for adoption from the foster care system are usually 11 years old or older. Often many are parts of siblings groups and may be medically fragile. YES/NO
Many of our children have experienced trauma and loss in their lives and can react by running away, stealing, lying, and physical and verbal aggression. YES/NO
Our foster-to-adopt children have visits with their biological siblings, biological parents, and relatives. Sometimes foster parents may need to supervise visits. YES/NO
If you have had a founded complaint of child abuse or neglect, you will not be able to become a foster/adoptive parent. All potential foster/adoptive parents are required to submit to background checks prior to certification including other states where an applicant has resided. YES/NO
LFSVA requires that foster parents have no more than -5 points on their driver’s license. One way to lessen the number of points is to take DMV driving school, which when successfully completed, is +5 points. Driving school can be taken once every two years. YES/NO
You do not have to be wealthy to become a foster/adoptive parent. However, you must have enough income to meet your own family’s needs and be able to demonstrate that you can financially support an additional child for up to 6 weeks without financial reimbursement. During the certification process you will be asked to provide proof of income and to review family expenses. YES/NO
Foster/adoptive parents must complete training and all required paper work. Parents must commit to continuing training and workshops. Additional training is important to making the relationship a success. YES/NO
If you or any adult living in your home has been convicted of certain criminal offenses, you cannot become a foster/adoptive parent. Each adult member in your household over age 18 will be fingerprinted. YES/NO
You are ready to begin the home study if your life and home are stable. “Stable” means that you are not about to move and are not having financial, marital or emotional difficulties or making any major life changes in the near future. YES/NO
You can contact one of our recruiter/trainers at 1.800.359.3834 with your questions and to find out about the next free foster/adoptive training dates in your area.
Maurice Gallimore, Richmond, Virginia
Wendy Luna, Tidewater (including Virginia Beach),Virginia
(We only offer training and certification to individuals or families that live in the state of Virginia. For out of state residents, please contact a local agency within your state)