Become a Foster Parent

We are seeking competent Foster Parents able to offer and provide safety, structure and consistency to our children in foster care.  Children who enter foster care are traumatized by the abusive and neglectful circumstances within their own families.  The need to enter foster care causes additional trauma which is often cause for youth to experience severe emotional distress, which often presents as problematic behavior when placed with another family.  The ideal foster parent possesses commitment and perseverance with a child/youth focus.  Parents need to be action-oriented by providing coaching, guidance and positive role modeling to our Abbott House children.  Imperative to success is building relationships with our youth so mutual trust and respect develops, treating one another with dignity and fairness.   An emotional and true understanding of what our children are experiencing is vital in order to proceed making an informed decision to welcome children in foster care into your family.  We hope you see foster parenting as an opportunity to enrich your life experience and help children to reach their potential so they can obtain their dreams.

Foster Parenting is meant to be temporary, always with a goal of children returning to their parents and families.  If that is not possible, foster parenting could become a lifetime commitment made permanent through the legal adoption process.

Once you contact Abbott House with your interest, we will provide an educational forum with experienced child welfare staff and resilient young adults who are alumni of foster care.  Individual interviews and background searches will be conducted by our Homefinding team to determine suitability for our programs.

Qualifications and requirements include:

  • You must be 21 years of age.
  • You can be single, married or have a partner.  If you have a two parent household, both parents must fully participate.
  • Initial certification training is required.
  • Background checks will be conducted on all household members age 18 and older.
  • A comprehensive homestudy will be conducted by interviewing, visiting, assessing and evaluating families.
  • You must have sufficient income to meet the needs/expenses of your household.