Become a Foster Parent

Foster parents play a vital role in a child’s story.

They step in the middle to help a child heal from the trauma they’ve experienced, teach them valuable life skills and show them the love of Christ.

Foster Care means providing a temporary home for a child who is not able to live in his or her home of origin for a variety of reasons. It may be for a very short time, or it may last indefinitely.

The number one goal of foster care is reunification.

This means reuniting the child with their biological family, after the cause for removal from the home has been addressed and repaired.

If you think you might be interested, feel free to complete our Foster Parent Interest Survey.

Foster Parent Interest Survey

Steps to Becoming a Foster Parent

Step 2

Visit with one of our staff to make sure we are the best fit for your family.

Step 4

Complete three home visits throughout your STARS training weeks with your Coyote Hill licensing worker.

Step 5

Complete medical forms, background checks, character references and all required paperwork.

Step 6

Complete a final home visit with your Coyote Hill licensing worker.

Step 7

Receive license, welcome a child into your home!

Minimum Requirements for Foster Parenting

To be a foster parent, you must: 

  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Complete a child abuse/neglect check and criminal record check including fingerprints.
  • Be in good health, both physically and mentally.
  • Have a stable income.
  • Be willing to participate in and complete a free training and assessment process.
  • Be part of a professional team willing to voice perspectives and concerns.
  • Be willing to partner with the child’s family.

Feel free to review this current list of trainings that Missouri foster parents are required to complete prior to licensing and during their first two years of being licensed. 

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