Become a Foster Parent

Are you interested in becoming a foster parent within the state of Colorado?
The following information will guide you through the process.

Step One - Is foster parenting for you?

Successful foster parents…
  • Are patient, committed, and caring
  • Like to teach, mentor, and learn
  • Are flexible
  • Ask for help and support when it’s needed
  • Enjoy seeing children grow, and thrive, and achieve
  • Communicate well
  • Provide a consistent and structured home
  • Want to meet the needs of the child, not their own personal needs
  • Love a challenge and have a sense of humor

Step Two - Meeting the basic qualifications

You could make a wonderful foster parent to a waiting child if you...
  • Are at least 21 years old
  • Are single, married, divorced or widowed
  • Own or rent your home
  • Have adequate financial resources to maintain the home
  • Can provide for the child’s physical, mental, and character development
If you meet these basic qualifications then you're off to a great start!

Step Three - The certification process

People just like you provide foster care to children every day. If you work with Colorado's public child welfare system, you'll find that becoming a foster parent is a straightforward process. Contact the Foster Care Coordinator in your county department of human or social services, or contact a private child placement agency to inquire about their family foster care program.  Click here to find your county social/human services agency contact information.

You will generally follow the steps below.
  1. Attend the foster care program orientation.
  2. Complete and submit an application.
  3. Attend foster parent training classes sponsored by the county departments, private child placement agency, or the State of Colorado.
  4. Participate in a comprehensive foster family assessment.

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