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​​​​​How long will a foster child live in my home?

Children 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 into the foster care program. In most cases, foster parents can plan on caring for a child for six to 18 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 their 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 placement of a child in your home. This involves trainer-led instruction, which includes informational handouts, role-playing activities, and videos. Boys Town also provides ongoing training to increase your knowledge and share new insights on how to help children in your home.

Why choose Boys Town Foster Family Services®?

When you decide to become a Boys Town foster parent, you're making a commitment to improve a child's life—and you'll do it with the support of an organization with 100 years of experience, one steeped in a tradition that began in 1917 with Father Edward J. Flanagan's dream to change the way America cares for children, families, and communities.

Every Boys Town foster parent must be dedicated to making this dream a reality. Boys Town offers extensive foster-parent training, and our foster parents can count on continuous support and consultation after they've started providing care.​

Foster Family Services Locations



Central Nebraska

308-833-7313 (Hastings, Kearney and
Grand Island)

New England

800-847-2025 (RI)
800-847-2025 (MA)

North Florida