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Open Your Heart to a Local Child

There is an urgent to need for Foster Parents in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. Hundreds of children have suffered abuse, neglect, or abandonment, and need safe, loving foster homes – especially older youth and sibling groups. Ask yourself if you feel called to change a life for the better by opening your heart and home as a Foster Parent.

Foster Parents provide a loving, temporary refuge to children who enter the foster care system through no fault of their own. Children stay with Foster Parents until a permanent living arrangement is achieved – such as adoption or reunification with their biological families. By caring for a child in Miami or the Keys when they need it most, you can make a difference for a lifetime in a relatively short time.

Contact Citrus Family Care Network

If you are interested in becoming a Foster Parent in Miami-Dade or Monroe, contacting Citrus Family Care Network is your first step. We are the Lead Agency that manages foster care in our community.

Please call 855-786-KIDS (5437) to speak with a member of our team, or click here to submit our information request form.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT FOSTERING

Foster Parenting Requirements

To ensure the safety of each child in care, there are some important requirements for those who wish to become Foster Parents. We are looking for people who:

  • Are committed to loving and nurturing a child in their home.
  • Are willing to work in partnership with everyone involved in the child's life to meet the child's needs.
  • Are dedicated to helping the child be reunified with his or her biological family.
  • Are financially able to provide for their present needs and family emergencies.
  • Are able to attend the required training sessions.
  • Consent to criminal and child abuse registry checks.
  • Have enough physical space in their home to accommodate children.
  • Are at least 21 years of age.
  • Pass a health inspection of their home.
  • Are willing to meet a licensing counselor for an in-depth home study to determine if they meet these requirements.

Please note the many things that aren’t on the list. You don’t have to be rich, married, or a homeowner to foster. Likewise, Foster Parents have diverse backgrounds, practice many faiths, and are at many different points in their lives. The biggest and most important requirement is love!

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Steps to Becoming a Foster Parent

  1. Contact Citrus Family Care Network to receive answers to your questions and discuss your unique situation.
  2. Attend an informative Foster Parent Orientation.
  3. Complete PRIDE (Parent Resource for Information Development and Education) Training.
  4. While training, have a comprehensive home study completed by a licensing counselor.
  5. Welcome your first foster child into your home!

The length of time required to complete the process depends, in part, on your availability to attend training classes, meet with the licensing counselor, and complete the needed paperwork.

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