|Thank you for expressing an interest in becoming
a foster parent. Like thousands of Arizona families, you too can make a
difference in the life of a child in need of a home. Foster parents may open
their home on a long or short term basis, provide temporary care in their home
or the home of another foster parent, or provide a home to a child or adult
with a developmental disability.
There are seven steps to your journey to be a foster parent:
First contact: You will select a contracted service provider that will be
available to assist you.
Orientation: Before making a final decision you'll want to attend an
orientation to have all your questions answered and ensure that foster
parenting is right for you and your family.
Application: You'll be asked to provide information about yourself and your
Pre-service training: Provided by the contracted service provider and is
intended to help you get an understanding of the role you will assume (30 hours or more).
Mutual assessment: The contracted service provider will complete an in-depth
assessment of you and your family to verify compliance with established
standards of care.
Licensing: The application and assessment are forwarded to the Department of
Economic Security, who is responsible for issuance of the license.
Placement of the foster child: Your contracted service provider and the
Department of Economic Security will assist you in determining placement
The next page will help you with the first step in locating a contracted
service provider to assist you. If you prefer to not use this internet site,
you can also contact us at 1-877-KIDSNEEDU
Once again, thank you for your interest in becoming a foster parent for a child
or adult in need. We look forward to working with you. To find a service
provider please click ‘Next’. To exit this web site, click on the ‘Back’