Become a foster parent

Foster parents play an important role in supporting children and families during a difficult time in their life. Foster parents help children recover from abuse, neglect or other family challenges in addition to providing education, medical care and support.

Great foster parents should be committed to:

  • Loving all children unconditionally
  • Working in partnership with birth family members and child welfare professionals
  • Providing ongoing care and support for children until a permanent plan is implemented
  • Completing annual continuing education requirements

Basic requirements:
To become a foster parent in most states, you must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Be able to meet basic income guidelines
  • Be able to provide adequate bedroom space and separate bed for each child you foster
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Be willing to complete 30 hours of free foster parent training
  • Be willing for everyone in your household to undergo complete background checks. Licensees will be fingerprinted as part of the federal Adam Walsh Act.

Learn more about becoming a foster parent in these states: 

Kansas MissouriNebraska  West Virginia

Additional information:

We support you!

At KVC, we work diligently to recruit, train, license and support foster families. We provide you with:

  • Free ongoing training and support 24/7, 365 days a year
  • 24-hour phone support
  • Health insurance for children and teens
  • Assistance finding local resources
  • One-of-a-kind training at our Annual Resource Family Conference
  • Monthly reimbursement to meet the child’s needs plus assistance with back-to-school supplies and holiday gifts