Here are some questions you’ll want to ask prospective agencies to make sure they’re a good match for your family:
What are your continuing education requirements?
When do you offer training?
How much training is online versus in person?
What support services do you provide for foster parents?
Generally how long is the process of becoming a foster/adoptive parent with this agency? When could I realistically expect to have a child placed in my home?
When will I be able to start taking pre service training?
After I complete the pre service training, how long does it take for a home study?
Do both spouses have to complete training?
Do you provide childcare during training?
Do you provide respite?
Do I need to own my own home?
Do I have to be married?
How much does this cost?
Do I have to be employed?
What is unique about your agency in contrast to the other agencies?
Do you verify families for foster care and adoption?
Do you license homes in my geographic region?
Are you a faith based agency? If so, do I need to be a member of that denomination?
What costs are associated with becoming licensed within your agency?
Do you consider people who have a criminal history (DWI, felony, etc.?)
What special measures are required if I have a pool or body of water on my property?