Becoming a Caregiver
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As a prospective foster parent, you’re just exploring the community. You are considering, evaluating and learning. You’re looking for information as you make a big decision, and we’re here to help.
Are you interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent, or becoming licensed? Fill out this form to get started.
You can chose to work with State Licensing or a Child Placing Agency. There is no right or wrong path. All paths lead to the same place – caring for children and youth experiencing foster care. Consider all options and the best fit for your family.
Work directly with the local Licensing Division
Foster families make placement decisions independently
Foster parents work directly with DCYF staff
Self-advocate for specific needs, services, and resources
Child Placing Agency
Work directly with a local private agency
CPA and caregiver coordinate placement decisions
CPA provides advocacy for family and child needs, services, and resources
Services provided or coordinated by agency
Families receive individualized support and case management from the CPA
The Department of Children, Youth, and Families’ comprehensive collection of resources on becoming a licensed foster parent through DCYF.
The Department of Children, Youth, and Families answers some questions you didn’t know you had with their Becoming a Foster Parent FAQ
Commonly Used Acronyms A guide to help you understand commonly used acronyms in Children’s Services.
The Child Welfare Team A guide to the different roles of people associated with a child welfare case.