Becoming a Foster Parent
We need more families who can provide safe, stable and caring homes for children in care.
All kinds of people can make great foster parents:
- men and women
- married, single, divorced or widowed
- from all cultural backgrounds
- young families or empty nesters
- may rent or own their own home
- may be retired or employed outside the home.
If you meet the following criteria, you can apply be a foster parent:
- You must be a resident of Alberta.
- Cohabitating applicants must have been in a stable relationship for at least 12 months prior to applying.
- You must be at least 18 years old. The maximum age will be determined by the best interests of the child.
- You have not had an additional child in the past 12 months and/or are not currently expecting an additional child thorough pregnancy or adoption.
- You must be physically and mentally capable of meeting the child’s needs with no major illness or trauma in the past 12 months.
- You need to have your own residence (with your own address) separate and apart from other caregivers.
- Initial contact to get a worker who will be assigned to help you through the process
- Application including:
- three personal references
- medical reference
- criminal record check including vulnerable sector search
- intervention record check
- Training: You will need to attend 24 hours of caregiver orientation. These classes will give you an overview of what to expect when caring for a foster child, such as child development, special needs of children in care and supports provided to foster parents as well as help you decide if fostering will be a good fit for you and your family.
- Home Study: The home study determines if the applicant can provide a safe and suitable home for children and addresses a variety of topics such as family history, parenting skills and home safety.
- Licensing: Upon approval, you will be issued a foster home licence and assigned a foster care support worker who will provide ongoing support and training.