Foster Parent Eligibility & Qualifications

Resident of Winnebago County

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 and biological family to assist in reunification.

Compliance with DCF 56 – Foster Home Care for Children

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