Being a Foster Parent

February 17, 2011

Programs and Services

One of our foster parents, a young, single woman, recalls being happily surprised that she met the requirements for fostering children. “I thought you had to be married and older,” she says. “I was surprised to find out you could be single and young.”

In Missouri you must be at least 21, be in good physical and mental health, have a stable income and have a permanent residence that meets licensing standards.

After an initial home visit you will be required to complete nine training sessions. The process goes quickly: the Schneidewinds recall that they had their first foster child within two weeks of completing the classes.

And then, says a foster mom, “you have to be comfortable with the unexpected and prepared to make quick decisions. When a child needs a home, you don’t have a week to think it over!”

For more information about Family Resource Center’s Foster Parent Program, call 314.534.9350 or visit our website: http://www.frcmo.org/fostercare.html.