It’s no question that becoming a foster parent is a big decision, and getting started on your journey can seem overwhelming at times. While it can be easy to get lost in legal requirements and other distractions, the process is made much simpler when you’re equipped with a basic overview of how to get started. Once you have completed the initial requirements listed below, a dedicated staff member will guide you through every step of the way to become a foster parent in Kansas. Also, check out our robust Frequently Asked Questions about Becoming a Foster Parent page.
Ask Yourself These 4 Questions
Here are a few things you can cross of the list right now! Being able to answer “Yes” to each of these questions is the first step to becoming a foster parent:
- Am I 21 or older?
- Do I have reliable transportation?
- Is my home a safe environment with enough space for another child (a separate bed for each child)?
- Do I agree to positive parenting techniques and non-physical discipline for children?
Are You Able to Meet These Criteria?
Foster parenting doesn’t come with a price tag. You only need to demonstrate that you have a stable income and aren’t receiving financial assistance, such as Medicaid, TANF or Section 8 housing. Many people foster on modest incomes. The state of Kansas will cover medical care for the child and you will be provided a monthly stipend to cover costs for the child.
Complete Background Checks
You and everyone in your household must undergo a background check to ensure a child’s safety. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is the designated organization that will perform the background check.
Are you willing to complete the 30-hour training?
You must enroll and complete the Trauma-Informed Partnering for Safety and Permanency – Model Approach for Partnerships in Parenting (TIPS-MAPP) training. All potential foster parents in Kansas must complete this training. The class will prepare you to care for children of different needs, and this is also a great time to decide if fostering is right for you and your family.
Interested in signing up for a class? Contact one of our Community Resource Specialists! They will answer any questions you have and provide valuable support as you make the important decision to become a foster parent.
Check out this free offer: The 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions about Foster Parenting. This guide provides answers to commonly asked questions about foster parenting, such “Who can foster?” and much more!
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