Becoming a
Foster Parent

What does it take to be a successful foster parent?

Successful Foster Parents…
  • Are patient, committed, and caring

  • Like to teach, mentor, and learn

  • Are flexible

  • Ask for help and support when it’s needed

  • Enjoy seeing children grow, and thrive, and achieve

  • Communicate well

  • Provide a consistent and structured home

  • Want to meet the needs of the child, not their own personal needs

  • Love a challenge and have a sense of humor

Now you’ve decided you want to be a foster parent….do you meet the qualifications?
  • At least 21 years old

  • Single, married, divorced or widowed

  • Own or rent your home

  • Have adequate financial resources to maintain the home

  • Can provide for the child’s physical, mental, and character development

  • Able to pass mandatory background checks 

The certification process for foster families that each agency provides may vary; however, here is a general overview of the basic steps to becoming a licensed foster home:
  • Attend a foster care orientation meeting
  • Complete and submit an application
  • Attend foster parent training classes sponsored by the county departments,
    private child placement agency, or the State of Colorado
  • Participate in a comprehensive foster family assessment (SAFE Home Study)
  • Become licensed and receive placements


“We have been a member of a private Child Placement Agency (CPA) for 30 years as foster parents.  We became foster parents through friends at our church and driven by our love of caring for little ones.  We can only attribute our long association with our agency to their high level of support not only for the children in care but also the foster parents.  Someone has always been available to us day or night for any problem or concern that has come up.  We would highly recommend our agency for anyone who is considering foster care and wants to be a part of the agency that does it best.”

– a CPA foster family