Foster Parent Requirements
Loving people from all walks of life can become foster parents. Requirements include, but may not be limited to:
After licensing, The Villages also encourages foster parents to continue to build their skills by providing opportunities for ongoing foster care training and development.
- Have a heart for children
- 21 years of age or older (either single or a couple)
- Pass a physical examination (including a Montoux TB test)
- Provide positive references
- Pass a criminal history and background check.
- Work with a Villages' social worker on several home visits and interviews. The social worker then writes a preparation summary (commonly referred to as a home study). This is a comprehensive history and assessment of your current family life and past experiences affecting your capacity to parent a foster child. This helps the social worker better determine what type of foster child might be most successful in your home.
- Have a couple of home visits that focus on safety issues such as wiring, fire extinguishers and fire alarms.
- Meet state licensing requirements including completion of a pre-service training program (30 hours of initial training, spread over several sessions, at your closest Villages' regional office) Click here to see The Villages' training schedule for offices across Indiana.
- Complete training in First Aid and CPR