3 Steps to Becoming a Foster Parent

Becoming a foster parent with Bair is a three-step process.

Serving Christ Through Foster Care

Becoming a foster parent is a big decision that will no doubt come with questions. We encourage everyone prayerfully considering this journey to get as much information as possible. 

Once you are ready to open your heart and home to a child in need, we’re so excited to help you throughout the journey!

The process

Becoming a foster parent with Bair is generally a three-step process. 

Step 1: Attending an Information Meeting  

Your education as a foster parent begins at our information meetings. Think of these meetings as “Foster Parent University.” You will have an opportunity to meet and interact with our staff and current foster parents. Our team will go over the certification process but feel free to ask questions. 

It is our hope that you leave armed with the right information and a clearer, more realistic picture of what you can expect as a foster parent. 

Step 2: The Home Study 

After completing an information night, you will be assigned a Home Study date. The Home Study process includes interviews, a thorough investigation of your background, an inspection of your home and the completion of all required paperwork including a fire escape plan and emergency contacts. (The Home Study list varies by state.) 

You will also be enrolled in additional classes to further prepare you for your new role as a foster parent, including First Aid & CPR. 

Step 3: Support and Ongoing Training 

The Bair Foundation is dedicated to supporting our foster parents, no matter where they are at in their journey. As you start your journey, we will be right beside you, making sure that you have the tools, prayer, and support necessary to be successful in this mission. 

Training does not end once you are certified. Ongoing training is required to maintain your licensure, and we provide foster parent classes throughout the year.


It is important to note that the process and requirements to become a foster parent vary by state, however there are a few general requirements: 

  • Must be 21 or older 
  • Must have a car, valid car insurance and a suitable DMV record 
  • Must pass a First Aid & CPR course 
  • Must be able to prove financial stability 
  • Must pass a criminal background check 
  • Must complete pre-service trainings (the number of hours required varies by state)

become a foster parent through the bair foundation

Since 1967, The Bair Foundation has been committed to building strong children, strong families, and strong communities. It is through loving foster parents that children have a sense of belonging and a loving home. 

We will never stop fighting for the children who need someone to fight for them. Our children deserve a brighter future, and you can help.

If you are interested in Becoming a Foster Parent, you can request no-obligation information about fostering through The Bair Foundation here and a team member will contact you directly.

Of the 23,000 children who age out of foster care each year, 20 percent become homeless.

Join us in our mission to help children in need before it’s too late.

Become a Foster parent