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SAFY Addresses Foster Parent FAQs

Published: August 29, 2017

Have you considered becoming a foster parent but have some questions? Here are some of the top questions SAFY receives from people looking to become foster parents.

Foster Parents getting answers from SAFY

Q: I am not married. Can I still foster?

A: Yes. Foster parents can be single, divorced or widowed. You must be over age 21 to qualify in most states. SAFY also welcomes unmarried partners wanting to foster.

Q: Do I have to own my home?

A: No. As long as you have space for a foster child, you can qualify.

Q: How much does training cost?

A: There is no monetary cost for training in most locations, however a fee for CPR/First Aid training is sometimes required. The investment primarily involves your time and emotional commitment. Some online trainings are offered in most locations.

Q: How are medical visits covered for foster children?

A: As a foster parent, you are responsible for ensuring children in your care receive medical attention and treatment when needed. Medicaid covers all foster youth medical costs.

Q: How do I know if I qualify to be a foster parent?

A: SAFY conducts informational sessions outlining the foster care licensing process. Following the initial session, adults wishing to proceed will receive training on topics including support systems, trauma, safety and behavior management. If you’re interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent, click here.

Complete SAFY’s questionnaire to discover if becoming a foster parent is right for you.


You can also contact SAFY by calling 1-800-532-7239 or emailing us at