How do I become a foster parent?

Foster parent certification follows mandates set by Louisiana law, Bureau of Licensing requirements and agency policy. The following requirements must be fulfilled prior to an individual or couple being certified to provide care for children. Individuals or couples must:

  • Complete TIPS-MAPP pre-service training.
  • Be cleared through State Police and FBI criminal records checks. (Applies to all adults living in the home.)
  • Be cleared through State Central Registry for Child Abuse and Neglect.
  • Obtain a physical examination, including a tuberculosis test for all family members if you meet certain circumstances.
  • Be in agreement not to use Corporal Punishment on any foster child in your care. (i.e. any physical punishment inflicted in any manner on a child ’s body.)
  • Provide at least 3 references (non-relative).
  • Allow all members of the family to be interviewed.
  • Home must meet environmental, health and fire safety requirements.
  • Have a care plan for each child placed in the home if individual/couple work outside the home.
  • Participate in an individual home study.
  • Agree to complete 10 hours of annual in-service training requirements working towards re-licensing.

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1. What is Foster Care?
2. What is a foster parent?
3. What is the first step in becoming a foster parent?
4. How do I become a foster parent?
5. What are the basic qualifications for becoming a foster parent?
6. What are the requirements for becoming a foster parent?
7. Will I have to work with the child's parent?
8. Will I be paid to be a foster parent?
9. What are the board payment rates?
10. Will I get to choose the foster child for my home?
11. How long will the foster children remain in my home?
12. I am a single person. Can I become a foster parent?
13. What type of support do foster parents receive?
14. What about medical insurance for foster children?
15. As a foster parent, can I work outside the home?
16. Who pays for the foster child's clothing?
17. Do I have to own my own home?
18. Do foster children have to have their own bedroom?
19. Can I adopt a foster child in my home?
20. Can I take a foster child on vacation with me?