Becoming a foster or adoptive parent is a very big decision that comes with a whole bunch of very big questions. Find answers to the most common questions we receive from potential foster and adoptive parents below.

YES! Foster care is a ministry to hurting children. Sometimes ministry is hard. However, the rewards are unquestionably huge! To take children into your home, giving unconditional love and security that they have never known, can have a life-changing effect on them.

No, you can be married, single, divorced or widowed.

No, you can rent. But you must have adequate space available and your landlord’s approval to care for foster children.

After your training is completed, it takes three to six months. Our goal is to complete it in three months.

Yes. Families who have parenting experience are a great resource for waiting children. Some families foster children while their biological children are still in the home. Many families who have grown children may experience “empty nest” feelings and will foster an older child or sibling group.

A child stays in a foster home until his or her biological parents are able to care for them again, or until a suitable placement can be made with a relative. If this is not possible, a child may stay in the foster home until he or she can be adopted.

Foster parents receive a stipend to meet the needs of the child. Foster parents do not pay any of a child’s medical or dental expenses. Foster children are covered by Medicaid.

Our children certainly have many challenges. Their lives are impacted by loss and separation from their families, abuse and neglect, developmental delays and more. These are realities that many of us can’t even imagine, which speaks to the undeniable need for someone to love and support these children through the difficulties facing them.

No, you are not alone! At Encourage, our mission is to connect all of our foster and adoptive families with strong support systems so that you receive the physical, emotional and logistical help you need whenever and wherever you need it.