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Idaho Foster & Adoptive Parent Association

Support Children

Become A Foster Parent

Children and teens enter foster care through no fault of their own. It can be due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, death of parent or a medical need and are unable to continue to live safely with their families. Foster parents play a critical role in helping these children heal. They show children stability and teach them life lessons that last a lifetime—and potentially affect future generations.
All children in foster care have been exposed to some form of trauma. The very act of being put in foster care is traumatic for children, because it means the loss of their birth family and often friends, schoolmates, teachers, and everything that is familiar.
How Do I Become a Foster Parent?
Caring for children who have been abused or neglected and being a role model for biological parents working to reunify with their children is a significant responsibility and, ultimately, a matter of public trust.
To qualify as a potential foster parent you must:
Who can be a Foster Parent

“WE CARE!” these words are powerful but they are especially powerful to someone who is going through something hard, scary or unknown. For the child who entered foster care this month, this week or even today those words bring comfort to know that even though they are going through something hard there are people who care about them!

Kate Wilson