Frequently Asked Questions About Becoming a Foster Family

If you are considering becoming a foster parent, you may have questions. We’re here to help! See our frequently asked questions below, or contact us directly.

What is the process to become a foster family?

One of Wayfinder’s knowledgeable social workers will interview you and conduct a background check. Then, we will provide training and certification. We will guide you through the creation of a profile to match you with a foster child, based on your preferences.

How much does fostering a child cost?

There are initial costs for CPR certification, fingerprinting and a physical exam. Our program offers a certification bonus to reimburse you for these initial costs when you are certified and your first foster child has remained in your home for 30 days.

Does my husband, wife or partner need to attend the certification training, too?

Yes. Both adults that will be providing care for children must be trained and certified by Wayfinder Family Services.

Do I need to be married or own a home to become a foster parent?

No, you do not need to be married or own a home to care for a foster child. However, your residence must meet licensing standards and have adequate room for a foster child.

What support does Wayfinder Family Services offer foster families?

Wayfinder provides guidance and support to foster families so they can succeed in providing a safe, loving home for children. We offer monthly reimbursements, 24-hour emergency assistance from a social worker, respite care, weekly visits from social workers and more.

How long will a foster child stay with me?

A child may stay in a foster home from two days to a year or more. Each case is different. Wayfinder’s ultimate goal is to reunite children with their biological parents when a suitable home can be re-established. In most cases, the juvenile court will make this decision.

How many foster children will be placed in my home?

The number of children placed in a home depends on how many beds and how much room is available in the home. All children must sleep in a bed and may not share a room with anyone older than age 18.

Does Wayfinder pay for childcare while I am at work?

No, however Wayfinder provides monthly reimbursement to cover costs related to caring for the children placed in your home.

How is providing foster care different from adoption?

Foster homes are temporary, while adoption is permanent. Both require training and a home study, though adoptive homes require a more rigorous certification and study process.