Potential Foster Parents

What is a Foster Parent?

Foster parents provide a temporary home for children whose biological families are currently unable to care for them. They offer a safe, nurturing, and stable home for children as their families receive the support services they need to properly care for them again.

Their responsibility is to ensure that the foster child’s safety and well-being needs are met by providing an appropriate level of supervision and care. They will be a support system for foster children to help them heal from issues surrounding previous separation, trauma, and abuse or neglect.

They must understand that contact and visitation with a child’s biological family members is important and must be willing to work in partnership with a child’s biological family as it is appropriate. They must understand that families are going through a difficult time, and support them towards creating a stable and long-lasting reunification.

Our Foster Families Are A Community

Why Foster with Morningstar?

  • Morningstar Foster Care Services believes in a team-based approach. We work collaboratively with foster parents, DFCS, biological families, and other service providers to best meet the needs of each child.
  • We provide in-home support for foster families, crisis management, and are available 24/7. We’re always here for you and the children in your care, because we care.
  • We are flexible; we work around your schedule through the entire process of becoming a foster parent.
  • We have the experience and expertise to provide guidance to help you every step of the way.
  • We are a small team, but our staff’s support is always personal, attentive, knowledgeable, and professional. We take pride in providing the best care for Georgia’s foster children in ensuring that our foster parents have the knowledge and training to do the same.

Morningstar’s General Requirements to Become a Foster Parent

  • You must live in Southeast Georgia. This is a requirement because it ensures that Morningstar staff is able to provide 24/7 in-home assistance and support whenever necessary.
  • If single, you must be at least 25 years of age. If married, one spouse must meet the age requirement. All foster parents must be at least 10 years older than the foster child.
  • You may own or rent your home, apartment or trailer, as long as you are able to provide ample space for a foster child to live. The child can share a bedroom with another child, as long as they are the same sex, but each child must have his/her own bed.
  • You must be financially stable and able to provide for your own basic needs.

Morningstar’s Process to Becoming a Foster Parent

  • We require that you complete and pass a medical evaluation, background check, and drug screening.
  • Completion of all required trainings and information packet
  • Able to provide all necessary legal documentation (birth certificates, social security card, marriage license [if applicable], etc.)
  • Morningstar will do a walk-through home evaluation and report
  • It is required that we interview provided references

Take the Next Step: Apply Today

If you’re interested in applying to become a foster parent with Morningstar, please download and complete our fill-able application.

Download and complete our Foster Parent Agreement and Contact References Agreement. Submit with your completed application.

Email your completed application to Morningstar Foster Care Services by clicking the button below.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to become a foster parent?
It generally takes about 4-6 months to complete the entire process to become a foster parent. The training sessions usually take about 6 to 10 weeks to complete, since we are flexible and work around your schedule.
How much does it cost to become a foster parent?
There is little to no cost involved. Our agency will provide you with the following at no cost: pre-service foster parent IMPACT training, CPR certification (if completed through Morningstar), background checks and drug screen. You will be responsible for covering the cost of a physical examination.
Once I am a foster parent, what am I responsible for paying?
Foster parents receive per-diem payments at the end of each month to cover the costs of basic care for each foster child in their home. These reimbursement payments are based on the foster child’s age and level of need. All foster children receive health insurance. Foster children under the age of 14 are eligible to receive funds for day care and afterschool care.
Do I have a choice of which children are placed in my home?
Yes, we will share the information on each potential foster child with you, and you will be able to make the final decision as to whether you feel that child is the best fit for you and your home.
Will I be able to adopt a child I’m providing foster care for?
Our first priority is to reunite the foster child with their biological family, if possible. However, sometimes that is not the case. You will then be given the first choice to be able to adopt that child.
What are the training requirements?
You must complete the following trainings:
  • One-hour orientation and information session
  • 24 hours of pre-certification IMPACT training
  • CPR and First Aid certification
  • A minimum of 15 hours of continued parent development training
  • Any additional trainings may be required that are relevant to the needs of the child(ren) placed in your home

About Our Program

Every child deserves a loving, stable home. It is our mission to connect more of Georgia’s foster children with families who consider fostering a calling.

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