There are conceptions about foster care that the general public believes that is incorrect. There are also many commonly asked questions on this page. If you have a question, it may be covered here. If not, feel free to contact a licensing agent for an answer to your question.
Question: Can I take my foster child on vacation with me?
Answer: This is decision is made on a case by case basis. While the answer is frequently yes, some children cannot be taken out of town or out of state for various reasons. You should communicate with your child’s case manager for the answer to this question. You must notify the case manager in advance of leaving town with any child and the case manager will update the team.
Question: Can you rent an apartment and still be a foster parent?
Answer: YES! It does not matter if you rent or own your home. The home itself has to meet state mandated guidelines. These are common sense safety issues such as hand rails on stairs and porches, carbon monoxide detectors if you have gas heat or appliances, and a 5 pound fire extinguisher. You can buy the fire extinguisher at most hardware stores. Be sure of the size prior to purchasing.
Question: Will I get to choose the child who comes into my home?
Answer: You always have the choice to accept or decline any child offered to your care.
Question: Why would I go through all of this? There are no children available so my house would sit empty anyway.
Answer: The need is great. There are thousands of children in foster care in need of a safe, loving, patient, nurturing home right now. Your home would not sit empty for long!
Myth: You have to have a big fancy house to be able to be a foster parent.
FALSE: The goal is to provide a safe, loving, and nurturing environment. Most of the time, children of the same gender can share a room and have bunk beds.
Myth: I have to quit my job to be a foster parent.
FALSE: Many foster parents work full time outside of the home. Yes, in a perfect world at least one adult member of the household would be home at any given point in time to work with the child, however, that is not a requirement for foster care.
Myth: You have to be married to be a foster parent.
FALSE: You can be single, married, divorced, or widowed and be a foster parent. *if you are in the process of a divorce, we will encourage you to complete this process and allow yourself time to emotionally heal before becoming a foster parent.*
Myth: I am in a same sex relationship so I cannot be a foster parent.
FALSE: Missouri does not discriminate against same sex couples.