Where Do I Start?
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A home visit is next. During this visit, the licensing specialist will be able to talk with you about any questions or concerns you may have. At that time, you will show the licensing specialist around your home and he or she will point out any safety concerns that would need to be rectified prior to licensing. This can be disconcerting to some people when a stranger starts looking in their closets and cupboards or under beds, then points out “concerns”. It is important to remember that he or she is following the state mandated procedure and is not judging you or your home in any way.
Then it is time for you to get your fingerprints and background check done. You will receive an information sheet clearly explaining how to schedule your date, time and location for fingerprinting. Do not be concerned, Springfield Partners will provide you with a payment code so there will be no cost to your family for this. Each member of the household over the age of 17 must be fingerprinted.
And After That?
It is time for training. There are several training sessions every year. You will attend STARS training with other people who wish to become Foster Parents. You all may be from different backgrounds but everyone in the class will share the common goal of being there for a child in need.
We appreciate your commitment to Missouri Children!
The last step in this process can be very intimidating. Your licensing specialist will visit your home several times and will ask for your life’s story through a series of sometimes very probing questions. The ultimate goal is to try to better match children with foster parents. It will also help your family to see things that it may not have seen before about each other’s backgrounds. Even very close couples often learn things about each other during this process that they did not previously know. Some people occasionally find all the questions a little uncomfortable but the worker needs this information in order to write your family’s home study. Every foster parent goes through the same process. We want to get to know you.