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BECOME A FOSTER PARENT

Change A Life For Good

Open your heart and home as a foster parent to a child, teen, or group of siblings in Southwest Florida. Hundreds of kids in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades Counties have suffered abuse, neglect, and abandonment – and they need a nurturing foster home now. Foster parents provide a loving, temporary refuge until the youth can be reunited with their biological family or transition to a permanent living arrangement such as adoption.

Please ask yourself if you feel called to become a foster parent. You can make a difference for a lifetime in a relatively short time by fostering. The first life that will be changed is your own.

The Licensing Process

Becoming a foster parent is a mutual assessment process. Children’s Network of SWFL will work closely with you to determine if the foster parent program is a suitable match for both of us. The path to being licensed as a foster parent in Southwest Florida involves the following steps:

1. Contact Children’s Network of SWFL:
Use the form on this page, or call us at (855) 933-KIDS (5437).

2. Complete the Pre-Service Training:
Attend an orientation session followed by the 30-hour (6 week) parenting program called PRIDE. (In response to COVID-19, virtual options are available to complete this step online.).

3. Complete the Other Licensing Requirements:
These include background checks, an inspection of the home, and an assessment of the family called a “home study.”

4. Welcome Your First Foster Child:
You will change a life for good as a foster parent – and help a child move past their past.

Begin Your Journey Now

Complete this simple form to start your fostering journey. A member of the Children’s Network of SWFL team will be in touch with you soon.

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Foster Teens & Siblings

A Decision to Foster

Why I Foster