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Ready to become a resource family for a child? Please review the steps below. We are here to help you along your journey. If you have specific child in mind that you wanted to foster (e.g., a relative), please contact us.
Resource Families is excited to announce the launch of BINTI. BINTI is an online applicant portal that allows perspective applicants to easily complete corresponding application and licensing forms online from a computer, tablet or mobile phone. Interested applicants can access BINTI here.
Becoming a foster/adoptive parent requires flexibility, a sense of humor, a willingness to grow and learn, but most of all a commitment to provide a safe, nurturing, and loving home for a child. The application and licensing process is the same for foster and adoptive families.
In general, foster parents must:
● Be 21 years old or older
● Pass background checks
● Be in good enough health to care for a child
● Be able to make ends meet financially
You may own or rent your home. That home must pass a fire and safety inspection. If you would like to foster a child under the age of 6, your home must also pass a lead inspection If your home was built prior to 1978. For more information, review the Foster Care and Adoption Regulations for Licensure Guidance Document.
The Department does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of gender, marital status, religion, race, or sexual preference.