It’s no question that becoming a foster parent is a big decision, and getting started on your journey can seem overwhelming at times. While it can be easy to get lost in legal requirements and other distractions, the process is made much simpler when you’re equipped with a basic overview of how to get started. Once you have completed the initial requirements listed below, a dedicated staff member will guide you through every step of the way to becoming a foster parent in West Virginia.
Ask Yourself These 4 Questions
Here are a few things you can cross of the list right now! Being able to answer “Yes” to each of these questions is the first step to becoming a foster parent:
- Am I 21 or older?
- Do I have reliable transportation?
- Is my home a safe environment with enough space for another child (a separate bed for each child)?
- Do I agree to positive parenting techniques and non-physical discipline for children?
Are You Able to Meet These Criteria?
Complete Background Checks
You and everyone in your household must undergo a background check to ensure a child’s safety. You must also meet West Virginia’s Child Placing Regulations regarding a safe and healthy home environment.
Are you willing to complete the 30+hour training course?
You must enroll and complete the 30-hour Parent Resource information Development and and Education (PRIDE) training. All potential foster parents in West Virginia must complete this training. Other courses include CPR/First Aid and Crisis Deescalation (also known as the Mandt System). These classes will prepare you to care for children of different needs, and this is also a great time to decide if fostering is right for you and your family.
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