Foster Care FAQs

Do I have to be married?

No, you do not have to be married. You can be single, but you cannot cohabitate. You can also be divorced, but not in the middle of a separation.

Do you provide respite?

Yes, respite is determined by each child you’re caring for.

Do I need to own a home?

No, but you will need to meet some space requirements for each child. For example, you will need at least an 8x10 (80 square foot) room for up to two children. Additional children will require more space.

How much does this cost?

There is an upfront cost of $41.25 for fingerprinting. This will be refunded if you get licensed by ACH.

The Department of Family Protective Services (DFPS) will reimburse day care costs for families where both parents work at least 40 hours per week. This sometimes takes 2 to 3 weeks to set up, so you will want to plan to cover day care costs for at least 2 to 3 weeks for any child in your care. The ability to transport children to visits and appointments is also a requirement for all licensed foster parents.

Do I get to determine which children I work with?

Yes, you will be able to determine the age range of the children you work with.

How long does it take to become licensed?

Our goal is to license all families within 90 days.