With about 13,000 children in need of a foster home in Michigan, the need for foster parents has never been greater. Unfortunately, with only 6,000 licensed foster homes in Michigan, many children are unable to get the care and attention they need to live a full life. The problem of a lack of foster parents is especially severe in urban areas like Metro Detroit: The lion’s share of youngsters looking for a loving and caring home are in the cities of Michigan.
If you want to make a huge difference in a child’s life, becoming a foster parent is one of the best ways to do it.
Samaritas can help.
How to Become a Foster Parent in Metro Detroit
Becoming a foster parent for an at-risk child can make a huge difference in a child’s life. For children who have been neglected or abused, a caring foster parent can be their start to a new and wholesome life. Here are the four steps to becoming a foster parent in Metro Detroit:
Go to a Foster Parent Orientation
The second step to becoming a foster parent is attending a foster parent orientation hosted by Samaritas. This orientation will cover all of the guidelines that foster parents are expected to follow and go over what you can expect from the process.
Fill Out a Foster Parent Application
After the orientation, you can officially apply to become a foster parent. The application procedure is quick and easy, though you will have to provide your fingerprints and the medical records of you and your family, and submit to a background check.
The Home Evaluation
Before receiving a foster child to care for, the agency will evaluate your home to make sure it’s adequate. Despite the myths about this process, agencies are not looking for a perfect home – they’re more concerned with it being a safe and secure environment.