Foster Parent Eligibility & Qualifications


Resident of Winnebago County

At least 21 years of age

Physically able to care for a child

Compliance with DCF 56 – Foster Home Care for Children


Some of these qualifications include the following:

  • The individual must be 21 years of age or older. Persons 18-21 years of age may be licensed to care for a relative. If married, both persons must sign the application to be foster parents.
  • Have good mental and physical health, and comply with obtaining a statement from a physician to indicate adequate health.
  • Personal stability.
  • Financial stability.
  • Possess an understanding of child development and behavior.
  • Participate in a criminal background check.
  • Ensure for a safe physical environment in which to care for children.
  • Demonstrate an ability to be flexible and a willingness to work with the placing agency to assist in reuniting the child with the family.

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