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“Every child deserves a champion — an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be.”

                    – Rita F. Pierson

The most important qualification for a foster parent is a loving and patient heart! But to ensure the safety of our foster children, Laraway has some simple requirements to make sure the home is appropriate.

HOW LONG ARE CHILDREN IN FOSTER CARE?

Circumstances vary so it is hard to predict in all cases. Some children are in foster care only a few days or weeks while others may end up being adopted by their foster parents. The length of time a child spends in foster care really depends on what is best for them in the long run. On average, families may have a child from 6 months to 2 years or longer.

DO I NEED TO BE MARRIED TO BE A FOSTER PARENT?

No. Single persons and unmarried couples can also become approved as foster parents. However, if two adults are presenting as a couple, then both must go through the approval process.

WHAT MUST I PROVIDE FOR A FOSTER CHILD?

The things you must provide are food, clothing, shelter, and most important of all, love and support. When one of our agency staff members talks with you, you will get more information regarding requirements. We will be happy to answer all of your questions.

WHAT KINDS OF PROBLEMS DO THE CHILDREN GENERALLY HAVE?

Children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, abandonment or neglect have been traumatized.  You will receive initial and ongoing training and support on working with the behaviors they exhibit due to this trauma.

WILL I RECEIVE FINANCIAL SUPPORT WHEN WORKING WITH A FOSTER CHILD?

Yes. Laraway provides a daily stipend for each child in care with your family. A child will also come with their own state medical insurance which will cover medical, dental and pharmaceutical needs.

WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER BECOMING A FOSTER PARENT?

There is a growing need for foster homes for children and teens. When a family is in crisis and children are unable to remain with their caretaker, we need loving, stable foster families to step in and walk with a child through this challenging time. These children, like all children, need love, support, guidance, and structure in their lives. You have the opportunity to make a real difference in a child’s life at a time when they need it most!

HOW LONG DOES THE PROCESS TAKE TO GET APPROVED AS A FOSTER PARENT?

Our staff take pride in being flexible and working closely with a family to become approved. The average amount of time it takes for a family to become fully approved is about 2-3 months.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

Complete the online inquiry form, select Learn More About Foster Care, and one of our staff will be in touch with you shortly so we can answer all of your questions and get you scheduled for an information session.

A CAREER THAT CHANGES LIVES

At Laraway, you are not just an employee, you are part of our community.