Judson Center foster parents open their homes to children in need of a safe and loving home until they can be returned to their biological family or placed with a permanent family. The foster parent’s primary role is to support the agency’s efforts in reuniting a child with his/her birth family. Foster parents provide support by meeting children’s medical, dental, educational, social, and emotional needs. This may include transporting a child to visits between them and their birth parents (when appropriate), taking a child to counseling (as needed), and working closely with the foster care case manager.
Children may stay in the foster home for several days, weeks or months – perhaps even a year or longer – while the birth parents are working to resolve the issues that brought the children into foster care in the first place.
Are you qualified to be a foster parent?
Must be over 18 years of age
- Marital Status
May be married or single
One or both parents may work
Must have an adequate child care plan
Income must be adequate to meet your own family’s needs
May own or rent
Must be adequate bedroom space (40 square feet per child)
Must be free from health and fire hazards
Must have a safe play area for children
Must have a telephone
A medical examination is required for each household member
A TB test is required for each household member over the age of 3
Three (3) non-relative character references are required
References from all birth or adoptive children are required
- Good Moral Character (required for every person in the home over the age of 18)
Protective Services Clearance
Previous licensing record check
Home visit(s) required
Personal interview with every member of the home required