Becoming a Foster Parent
There are many children who need a loving home and someone to care. You can make a difference in a child's life by opening your home and heart to a child who needs your loving care. Foster parents are challenged both mentally and emotionally, but are rewarded as they see children thrive in their care. For more information please contact the Children's Foster Care Program Licensing Representative at (773) 241-5700.
To become a foster parent, individuals may be married or single, with or without children of their own.
- You must be over 21 years of age
- You must have adequate space in your home
- You must have a stable source of income
You will then be invited to an Envision Orientation where you will receive detailed information about the foster care process. A home visit will then be scheduled to begin the licensing and home study process. This is followed by the submission of a foster home application, medical forms for everyone living in the home, personal references, and background checks (fingerprinting) for you and other adults living in the home as required by law. You will also complete a 33-hour foster parent training course.
Please call (773) 241-5700 for more information
Resources: Foster Parent Law Implementation Plan