Foster Parent FAQ
How do I become a foster parent? Do I have to be certified or licensed? If so, what is the process?
Yes, you will receive a license when you complete all of the requirements of the State of Michigan. Prospective foster parents participate in orientation and training, as well as have home visits from an LCFS staff member. Foster parents are provided with ongoing training and receive assistance and support from other foster parents and LCFS staff members.
How long does it take to become a foster parent?
Prospective foster parents can be licensed after they have completed and turned in all of their paperwork, completed training and participated in home visits. The LCFS staff will then write a licensing report and submit it to the State of Michigan, who is responsible for licensing the foster home. The licensing process takes 12 to 24 weeks.
What is the average length of time a child is in the foster home?
Children stay in foster homes until their parents are able to take care of them again, a suitable relative can be found or until they are adopted. This can be anywhere from a few days or weeks to an extended period of time. The average length of stay is usually about one year.
Do I get paid for having a foster child?
Foster parents receive financial reimbursement to assist in covering the expenses of caring for the foster child. Additional financial support, when approved by the State of Michigan, may be available when the child has special needs. Foster children have medical insurance coverage and clothing allowances.
What kinds of children need foster parents?
Children of all ages and racial backgrounds come into foster care. Foster parents are especially needed for sibling groups, teenagers and children with special needs.
How many children will I have at one time?
You and agency staff decide how many children you will have at one time, depending on your family's circumstances and child's needs.