The Process of Becoming a Foster Parent

Are you interested in becoming a foster parent? Are you flexible, dependable, tolerant, and open to learning new parenting styles? Then fostering might be right for you! You must be at least 21 years old, able to pass background clearances, and in good physical health.

The process of becoming a certified foster parent includes the following steps:

Step 1Attend a Hope’s Promise Information Meeting

This meeting will give you an opportunity to learn more about the foster care system, explore if foster care is right for you, and get your questions answered.

Step 2:  Attend a pre-application one-on-one meeting with a member of the Hope’s Promise team

At the pre-application meeting, you will learn more about the process of foster care certification and discuss the kinds of children that may be a good placement fit for your family. This is an opportunity to learn more about Hope’s Promise and for us to get to know you.

Step 3:  Submit an application

At the pre-application meeting, you will be given the standardized Colorado foster parent application. Once you submit the application, we will get you started with the training process.

Step 4:  Attend state required pre-certification training

Colorado requires that every prospective foster parent complete 27 hours of pre-certification training in addition to other required training, such as CPR and First Aid.

Step 5:  Complete paperwork

Hope’s Promise uses an online platform so completing and submitting all of the required paperwork is convenient and easy for you. You upload completed documents and can track your progress.

Step 6:  Complete the foster family home study assessment

A Hope’s Promise caseworker will guide you through the home study process. Your caseworker will meet with you at least three times for interviews as well as conduct a home safety inspection. This process allows us to get to know you and your family over an extended period of time and provides an opportunity to learn about children in foster care, their unique needs, and how to best care for them.

Step 7:  Begin accepting placements of youth needing foster care

Once your home study has been approved, you have completed the 27 hours of required training, and you are CPR/First Aid certified, you will be able to provide children needing foster care and their families with opportunities for healing and growth.