Process & Requirements

There are many things to consider before fostering or adopting a child. All foster/adoptive parents are required to be licensed. While there is no charge for this service, some of the things required for licensing, such as smoke alarms, physical examinations, etc., may create an expense for families that is not reimbursed. Licensed foster parents receive some assistance to offset the expense of caring for a child in foster care.

We are happy to answer any questions you have and to help you get started on your journey to become a foster or adoptive parent. First, please review the basic requirements below to help you get started.

Basic Requirements

  • You must be at least 21 years of age
  • Free of child abuse or criminal history
  • Married or Single
  • Employed or have adequate income
  • With or without birth children
  • Able to accommodate additional children in your home
  • Willing to attend a 9-12 week training program
  • Willing to participate in a home study
  • Willing to provide personal, employer and medical references
  • Complete a financial form

Prospective Parent – Informational Packets

If you meet the basic requirements for becoming a foster/adoptive parent, take the next step and review the Informational Packets for Missouri and Illinois prospective parents.  Click on the links below to see these packets.

Missouri Parent Informational Packet

Illinois Parent Informational Packet

Contact Us

For more information, please visit our “About Us” page or call us at 800.FOSTER.3 (314.367.8373).  If you would like to inquire about a specific child or need additional support, please contact one of our General Recruitment Directors:

Holly Kieu – 800.FOSTER.3 (314.367.8373) x2224

Jan Joeckel – 800.FOSTER.3 (314.367.8373) x2227