Do I need to own my own home to become a Resource Parent?

No. As long as your house, apartment, condominium, or mobile home meets the licensing and fire safety code expectations, it can be licensed for foster care by the State of Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

How long does the home study process take?

The process takes about 3 months once you have completed all the necessary documentation.

How much does it typically cost to adopt a child from foster care?

According to statistics stated on the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services website, the average cost of adopting from foster care can run anywhere between $0 to $2,500.

How Long will a child be in my home?

This varies depending on the needs of the child and the circumstances of his or her placement. Some children are returned home after only a few months; others after a year or so. Sometimes, children who can’t go home become eligible for adoption; others remain in foster care until age 18.

Are there income requirements?

There is no minimal income requirement. The licensing rules state that a foster family needs to be self-sufficient --meaning that a family must be able to pay their living expenses without depending on the foster care payment.