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Children and teens enter foster care through no fault of their own. It can be due to abuse, neglect, abandonment, death of a parent, or a medical need, and they cannot 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 lessons that last a lifetime—and potentially affect future generations.

All children in foster care have been exposed to some form of trauma. 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 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:

You Qualify to Become a Foster

Parent if You:


For Foster Families

Idaho Department of Health & Welfare

We aim to have foster and foster-to-adopt parents who are a support to families, not a substitute for parents. There is also a need for families who are interested in adoption if, after supporting the child and their family, reunification is unsuccessful.

Idaho Wednesday’s Child

The most important thing we can accomplish for our communities most vulnerable children is providing them with safe, loving, and nurturing homes when they need it the most.