Deciding to become a Resource Parent to children and families is a life changing decision and one that will forever change the life of a child in your community!!!
Foster parents must be at least 21 years old, pass background clearances, and be in good physical health. The most successful foster parents are open-minded, dependable, patient and willing to try different parenting styles for children with different needs.
You can be a foster parent if...
- You are at least 21 years old.
- Your physical and mental health will allow you to care for a child (or children).
- You are able to exercise good judgment in meeting the needs of a child (or children).
- You can provide three references from people who are not related to you.
- You can complete fingerprinting to allow the Department of Health and Human Services to submit required fingerprint-based checks to national crime information databases.
- You can complete a criminal history background check.
- You can complete home visits in which a social worker will meet with you to get to know you and your family.
- The place where you live can pass a satisfactory inspection for fire safety and fire protection.
- The water in your home can meet state standards.
- The place where you live has a telephone
The First Step:
Biddeford Information Meeting:
March 27th at 6pm at the Biddeford DHHS office
April 24th at 6pm at the Biddeford DHHS office
For more information call 286-2400
“Unfortunately, the number of children in need of safe, healthy and happy homes is far outpacing the number of families willing and able to help them. Every child in Maine deserves a good home.”– Mary Mayhew, DHHS Commissioner