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Frequently Asked Questions


Have some questions about being a Foster Parent? Take a look at some of most frequent questions we receive from potential parents. Not seeing an answer to your question? Please call us at 301-577-1148.

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.

What are the requirements for being a Foster Parent?

Basic requirements for being a Boys Town Foster Parent are:

  • 24-years-old
  • Single or married
  • Submit to a criminal background check
  • Financially stable
  • Successful completion of the Boys Town Foster Family Services ® training program
  • Adequate space for a child
  • Ability to provide quality care and supervision
  • Agree not to use physical discipline
  • Willing to transport youth to appointments and visits
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation