What Does it Take to Become a Foster or Adoptive Family?

Jan 27, 2021 - Foster Care and Adoption


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Many families think about fostering or adopting but hesitate to move forward because they aren’t sure they meet the requirements or worry they don’t have “what it takes.” At PCHAS, we’re not trying to find “perfect” parents; we’re looking for “regular” people who are willing to join a child’s story and become the safe, loving, nurturing family they need. 

When you reach out to PCHAS, you’ll connect with a Foster Care & Adoption Guide who will talk through some basic qualifications. You need to be at least 21 years old; physically, mentally, and emotionally able to meet the needs of children; financially stable; and respectful of a child’s cultural heritage and religious beliefs. More details are on our website.

Every child is unique, so we need many different types of families. That’s why we work with people who are single, married, divorced or widowed; experienced or first-time parents; working, retired, or somewhere in between; and homeowners or renters.

The most important aspects of the place you call home are safety and space. You’ll need to pass a fire and health inspection and we’ll help you prepare. Your home’s size will need to be a good fit for the number of people in your home. Every child must have their own bed to sleep in, but kids are allowed to share bedrooms.

To become licensed as a Foster and/or Adoptive Family, you’ll participate in training, complete necessary paperwork and answer lots of questions as our team gets to know your family.

PCHAS is grateful for families like you that enter into the world of children who need the safety and love of a family. We see God’s healing and growth in the lives of kids every day because of the power of connected and trusting relationships. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for you and for the lives that you’ll touch.

Ready to take that first step? Not quite sure? Regardless of where you’re at, we hope you’ll connect with a PCHAS Foster Care & Adoption Guide. We're ready to answer all your questions. Call 512-212-5700 or email fosteradopt@pchas.org today! 

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