Become a Foster Parent

Foster Parents are licensed by the Department of Children Youth and Families to care for children who must temporarily leave their parents’ homes. Foster Parents work cooperatively with the DCYF to promote permanency and well being for the children while in their care.

Basic qualifications:

• You must be at least 21 years of age
• You must be physically able to care for a child or youth
• You may either rent or own your home or apartment
• There are no minimum income guidelines
• Your background must be free of child abuse, neglect, and serious police charges
• Applications are welcomed from couples of both same sex and opposite sex partners; with or without children; single adults of either gender or sexual identity; all religious denominations and all races.


Becoming a DCYF Foster Parent

• Complete an Application which can be found either on the DCYF ( or Foster Forward Website (
• Complete Criminal Records Check on individuals in your home over the age of 18
• Have a Fire Inspection of your home or apartment
• Receive a Letter of Conformance for Lead Safety
• Have a physician’s reference completed
• Participate in the Pre-Service Training provided by  DCYF
• Complete a home study

For Further Information contact:
Jessica Vega at Foster Forward: 401-438-3900 x 125 
Robin Perez at DCYF: 401-528-3700

Support for Foster Forward Recruitment activities are provided in part by DCYF.


Become a Foster Parent

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