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Foster Parenting: What Does It Take?

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What Does it Take to Foster?

With the current political climate, helping children is on a lot of people’s minds. But what can be done? Some people might protest. Others might donate to campaigns or organizations that can help. But, anyone looking for an incredibly fulfilling way to help children should consider becoming a foster parent.

Now almost everyone knows what it means to be a foster parent, but what does it take to become one? According to the OKDHS, or Oklahoma Department of Human Services, any applicant for foster parenting must meet the following requirements:

The applicant needs to be at least twenty-one years old, in good physical health, and sound mental state. In addition, the applicant needs to have maintained healthy relationships as appropriate for marital and living status. The potential foster parent must also have a functioning vehicle, be able to properly accommodate sleeping and living arrangements for each foster child placed under his or her care, provide proof of financial stability outside of any foster care reimbursements, and provide references of upstanding character.

Furthermore, the applicant and any other household members older than twelve must submit to a background investigation. Should a criminal background check reveal a history of any abuse, whether confirmed or alleged, the applicant will be disqualified. Upon completion of the background check, the applicant must agree to subsequently complete all required training and agree to comply with all OKDHS disciplinary rules. These include, but are by no means limited to, refraining from smoking in any confined space with the child present and, if necessary, agreeing to work with social workers and the child’s biological parents.

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Learn More About Becoming a Foster Parent

These are the general prerequisites for becoming a foster parent; however, you can find a list of the full legal requirements here. If you are interested in becoming a foster parent in Oklahoma, please contact us with any questions or concerns. Becoming a foster parent requires a large time commitment and a lot of work, but, for anyone looking for the fulfillment of helping a child in need, there’s no question of whether or not it’s worth it.