10 Questions to Ask Your Licensing Worker 

Meeting with a licensing worker for the first time is very intimidating. Have a list of questions ready and take notes. 

  1. What do you need to do to become a foster parent? This is different for every state and even every county. This usually includes getting your house ready, getting a letter from your doctor, getting a background check, and taking a pride class. Make sure you make a list of everything you need to do to keep track.
  2. Are you qualified to be a foster parent?  Though most everyone can be a foster parent there are some things that could prevent you from becoming a foster parent like having a felony or not being medically cleared to take care of children.
  3. How many children can you foster in your home? This is usually dependent of the size of the bedrooms and how many beds you can have. I would wait till the licensing worker measures the rooms before you go ahead and purchase beds and cribs.
  4. What age and gender of children can you have? This is dependent on the set up of your house and whether or not you have biological children who will share a room with them.
  5. What do you need to have set up before you are licensed? Most states require all of the beds and cribs to be set up before you get licensed. 
  6. What do you need to change about your home? You might need to lock up medication, baby proof, lock up your guns, change your water temperature, or put a fence around your pool, etc
  7. What is my role as a foster parent? Do you have to transport a visit? What are you required to document? Make sure your licensing worker fully covers everything you are required to do. 
  8. What are the guidelines? Make sure you understand all of the rules about discipline, confidentiality, supervision of foster children, as well as all other guidelines  your state has. It is important to have a strong understanding of the rules before your first placement.
  9. What are the next steps? Make sure you have a good understanding of how a child will be placed in your care. 
  10. Are there any children in need now? Sometimes licensing workers know of children that are in need of a home right away and they can place a child with you as soon as you are licensed: 

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