SERVICES

Become a Foster Parent

The DC foster care system is in great need of licensed foster parents who can provide guidance, love, stability and educational/therapeutic support. The system is in particular need of parents who will care for a teenager or a teen mom. 

SUPPORTS FOR BCC’S FOSTER PARENTS

  • Education specialist to help with the educational needs of the children.
  • Assigned social worker.
  • 20 hours of in-service training annually.
  • At least one monthly home visit to help avoid placement disruptions.
  • A foster parent support group offered through the South Washington West of the River Collaborative (www.swwr.org).
  • A buddy system to acclimate new foster parents to the agency and fostering.
  • A foster parent manual. 
  • A foster parent appreciation luncheon and Christmas party. 

REQUIRMENTS FOR FOSTER PARENTS

  • At least 25 years old.
  • Reside in DC or Maryland or within 25 miles of the District line.
  • Self-supported financially.
  • File an application and attend an in-office orientation.
  • Complete 15 hours of pre-service PRIDE training.
  • Complete CPR/first aid training.
  • Submit to the home study process, including home interviews and submission of background clearances.
  • Provide a driving record from the DMV.
  • Have a home inspection done by the county fire department.
  • Be willing to transport children to all appointments during traditional business hours.
  • Able to work toward a child’s reunification with his or her birth family. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • We do not license day care providers.
  • Children cannot share bedrooms with adults.
  • Bunk beds are not permitted.
  • Children cannot sleep in the basement.
  • Firearms in the home are not permitted. 

BECOME A RESPITE FOSTER PARENT

If you cannot commit to becoming a full-time foster parent, you can care for children as a respite foster parent on the weekends or for short time periods for ongoing foster parents. You must become licensed to do so.

RESOURCES

What is Foster Care?

Are You Ready for Foster Parenting?

Criteria for Foster Parents

Application Materials

National Commission for the Accreditation of Special Education Services   Educational Assessment Guidelines Leading toward Excellence (EAGLE)   Council on Accreditation (COA)