Who can foster?

Foster parents are people just like you! They are:

  • Married, single, divorced or widowed
  • At least 21 years of age Legal U.S. and Arizona resident Apartment dweller, renter or home-owner
  • Able to pass a fingerprint-based criminal history records check

1. Orientation

When you are ready to get started, please attend an orientation. At the orientation you will learn:

  • Who are the children in need of homes?
  • What are the requirements to be a foster or adoptive parent?
  • What are the roles and responsibilities of foster or adoptive parents?
  • What is the process to become a foster or adoptive parent?
  • What supports are available for foster and adoptive parents?

Stay tuned for more information about our next orientation.

2. Basic Training


Deepen your understanding of a Biblical approach to foster care and adoption through this one-day course.

Over the course of a day participants will explore:
  • God’s heart for restoration and reconciliation
  • Our role in caring for the broken
  • The need for community and support
  • How to care for a child who has experienced trauma
  • Choosing an agency and licensing checklist
Lunch will be provided. Unfortunately childcare will NOT be provided. Couples are encouraged to attend together.

Stay tuned for more information about our next orientation.

3. ps-mapp TRAINING

Parenting for Safety and Permanency Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (PS-MAPP) training is required for individuals and families pursuing a foster care or adoption license/certificate.

This is a 10-week/30 hour class that required for all Arizona agencies. Regardless of which agency you select, you have the choice of where you complete this training.

Arizona mandates the following steps to be completed by the start of your first PS-MAPP class:
1. Select an agency and call them to schedule an intake interview
2. Complete your application/intake interview with your agency
3. Submit needed fingerprint information to your agency
4. Inform your agency that you will be taking PS-MAPP with: ARIZONA FOSTER CARE INITIATIVES if you live in Maricopa County.

This class does not commit you to becoming a foster or adoptive parent; it is designed to help you process and carefully consider the best route for you and your family.

Stay tuned for more information about our next PS-MAPP.


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