Become a Foster Parent

Become a Foster Parent

One of our greatest, on-going needs is having enough foster parents to provide homes for the children that need our help. As the number of children who come into our care increases, the need for foster parents increases too.

How do I Become a Foster Parent?

  1. Attend orientation.
  2. Fill out an application. You can obtain one by contacting Lisa Puente at 616.451.2021 or to email her, click here.
  3. Schedule interviews with our staff both at your home and our offices.
  4. Authorize us to check for criminal and protective services history and provide personal references.
  5. Begin attending foster parent orientation and training. 

What are my Responsibilities? 

  • Provide a safe, clean, loving and secure home.
  • Monitor the child’s schoolwork.
  • Coordinate with the child’s social worker for visits with the child’s parents and provide or arrange transportation to counseling appointments, if needed. 
  • Assuring that the children in your care feel safe, secure and accepted everyday.

Is there Special Training? 

D.A. Blodgett - St. John’s provides all the training and assessment services in order to become licensed at no charge. Licensing through the state of Michigan takes about 12 weeks and includes interviews in your home as well as criminal and protective services checks, FBI fingerprinted, other forms and references. There is also orientation and training which is required to become a foster parent. The child’s social worker is always available to answer questions and address any concerns that arise.

To view the dates and times for PRIDE training, click here.
To view the dates and times for Foster Care and Special Needs Adoption Program Orientation, click here.
To view Michigan's Licensing Rules, click here.

Is there Financial Reimbursement for being a Foster Parent? 

Do I have to have my own Home? 

No. You may rent. Your home must be clean, safe and must always have a phone. Children of the opposite sex five years of age and older may not share a bedroom.

Do I have to be Married?
No. We gladly accept people regardless of their marital status.

For more information, please contact Lisa Puente at 616.451.2021 or to email her, click here.

For real stories of real kids who have been impacted by foster care, click here.