Frequently Asked Questions Print Content Email Content Page Image Page Content How long will a foster child live in my home? Children in foster care live in foster homes for varying lengths of time. Their stay usually depends upon a child’s individual situation and needs. Permanency planning (finding a place where a child can live and/or receive treatment on a long-term basis) begins the day a child is admitted to the foster care program. In most cases, foster parents can plan on caring for a child for six to eighteen months, and on occasion, much longer. How do I know if I have enough room in my home to temporarily care for a child? You must have enough bedroom space so that a foster child has his or her own bed and dresser. How much income do I need to be a Foster Parent? You must make enough income to meet your own family’s needs. You are reimbursed for the costs associated with caring for a foster child. What kind of training will I receive? You will receive extensive training prior to a child being placed in your home. This involves trainer-led instruction, which includes informational handouts, role-playing activities and videos. Ongoing training is also provided to increase your knowledge and share new insight on how to help children in your home.