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Who Can Be a Foster Parent in Kansas?

Who Can Be a Foster Parent in kansas

The need is high for safe, nurturing family environments for children who have been removed from their homes as a result of abuse, neglect or other family challenges. We are constantly recruiting and training foster parents from all walks of life in order to make sure each child who has to enter foster care has a loving home to stay in while their parents work towards reunification. Foster parents come from all types of backgrounds. You can be single, married, work full time or part time, and there are no restrictions to fostering if you’re in a same-sex marriage/relationship or identify as LGBTQ+.

Click Here to Check Out Our Robust List of Frequently Asked Questions About Becoming a Foster Parent.

What do foster parents do?

Foster parents provide safe and supportive homes for children and teens. Children come into foster care for many different reasons, all of which are not their fault. Foster parents need to provide care and love while keeping reunification in mind. Reunification is when a child can safely return to their birth family that has worked to stabilize their home.

Maintaining relationships with the child and his/her family is also a role of a foster parent. With the goal of a safe reunification, a foster parent must respect the connections and keep the child’s life disrupted as little as possible.

What are the requirements?

You don’t have to be perfect to be a great foster parent. Foster families, also known as resource families, must be able to prove a stable and loving home for a child. They must also meet the state’s basic requirements.

Requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be able to meet basic income guidelines
  • Have a valid driver’s license and/or reliable transportation
  • Be willing for everyone in your household to undergo complete background checks
  • Complete the foster parent training program
  • Meet all state licensing regulations

Click here to learn more about becoming a foster parent.

Recognition of LGBTQ+ Inclusivity

The All-Children All-Families report from the Human Rights Campaign highlights organizations that have implemented LGBTQ+ inclusive policies and practices to better serve children and families in child welfare systems nationwide. This year they chose to recognize us in the category of “Building a Foundation for Inclusion” for maintaining LGBTQ+ benchmarks for non-discrimination, staff training and “rolling out the welcome mat” for new team members.
One out of three youth in foster care identify as LGBTQ+. Across the board they report higher rates of mistreatment, more frequent placement disruptions and higher likelihood of being placed in congregate care settings. Also, 84% of LGBTQ+ adults would consider adoption or fostering in the future, but only 14% of LGBTQ+ adults surveyed knew of an LGBTQ+ inclusive agency near them. At KVC, we encourage people from all walks of life to foster and adopt and will support you every step of the way.

Still have questions?

Learn more about the frequently asked questions collected from a foster parent in our free download, ‘The 10 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Foster Parenting.’

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