Foster parents are high in demand throughout Georgia, and the opportunity to become one is open to many. However, prerequisites can differ between states and between agencies, and not everyone in Georgia is eligible to become a foster parent.
Let’s look at the requirements Generational Child Care requires you to meet before pursuing foster care.
Age and Stability
The state of Georgia requires you to be above a certain age and show proof that you are financially and personally stable. At Generational Child Care, our guidelines require you to:
- Be at least 25 years old, if unmarried
- Be at least 10 years older than the child placed, if married
- Provide proof of current residence
- Provide evidence of financial stability and independence
Before a foster child moves in, your home will be evaluated to make sure it’s a suitable living space. These evaluations include:
- A full home inspection that considers space, level of cleanliness, potential hazards, and more
- Confirmation that you have a leasing agreement or mortgage
- Confirmation that you live in a safe neighborhood
It is also important that your home has the space and upkeep necessary for an additional family member. Requirements for bedroom and sleep arrangements in foster care differ by state, but in Georgia:
- Children can only sleep in bedrooms
- Children above the age of one are not allowed to sleep in an adult’s bedroom
- No more than three children are allowed in one bedroom
Background Checks and Trainings
You will also need to undergo a background check and training sessions to ensure you’re prepared for the responsibility of a foster child.
Your background check from Generational Child Care will look at the following:
- National and State Criminal Records
- Child Protective Services Records
- State Sex Offenders Registry
- State Board of Pardons and Paroles Registry
- Department of Corrections Offenders Check
The foster parent trainings you must complete include:
At Generational Child Care, we will help you determine if you meet the requirements to foster in Georgia and with our agency. We’ll also help you decide if becoming a foster parent is right for you and guide you through the process of becoming one.