What Can Disqualify You From Becoming a Foster Parent?

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What Can disqualify me from being able to foster or adopt?

Understand the factors that impact your journey to being a foster parent in Virginia.

Five factors that could disqualify you from becoming a foster parent. 

It is essential before embarking on the journey to become a foster parent can be overwhelming and rewarding.  However, in some cases, the journey may come to a stop if there is some concern, such as the following:

1: The applicant does not meet the required training, experience, or family income regulations. 

As a potential foster parent, one must attend five training sessions: Orientation, Licensed Child Placing Standards, Grief and Loss, Behavior modification, and Childhood Trauma.  These classes are designed to provide the tools to manage youth in care and understand the “ins and outs” of fostering.  All classes must be completed before moving on to the home study process.  It is also known that reimbursement is part of fostering; however, reimbursement is what it is, meaning that you are being reimbursed for what you have already spent on the child.  Reimbursement is why you must have a significant income suitable to care for you and others in your family and the foster child above and beyond the monthly reimbursement.  Not having an adequate income could preclude you from becoming a licensed foster parent. 

2: The applicant or any family member is unsuitable for providing safe and appropriate care.  

The applicant suffers from a physical or mental health condition that would interfere with providing proper care for children. 

When applying to become a foster parent, you are not the only person involved in the child’s life or who will be around the child, so we interview and discuss with all other household members.  Suppose the agency has moral concerns about you or the family member or presents a questionable character during the interview.  In that case, you may be disqualified as a foster parent.  Also, suppose you have life-threatening health issues that impair your ability to care for a child appropriately.  This includes both physical and mental health, as your doctor must provide a statement stating that you are in good physical and psychological condition to care for a child.  In that case, you may be disqualified as well. 

3: The applicant’s home is unsafe or inadequate to provide for the needs of the children in care. 

Many children in care come from homes in unsafe or unlivable conditions.  They, therefore, need to be placed in a safe home and provided adequate shelter.  This includes having tidy rooms, appropriate temperatures in the house for the season, smoke detectors, and other needed devices. 

4: The applicant is found to have provided false or misleading information to the Child Placing Agency (CPA).

Agencies rely on your complete honesty and transparency when applying to become a foster parent.  It is not because we want to be nosey but because we want to ensure that you are fully capable of caring for a child who has endured trauma while also caring for yourself and others in the home.  We will need to know if you have been certified as a foster parent by another agency.  We would then speak with them about your history with that agency.  This also includes being upfront and honest about any criminal concerns or CPS concerns that may have happened.

5: The applicant or any household member has a record of a criminal conviction of a nature that could put children at risk of harm. 

The applicant or any household member has a history of substantiated child abuse or neglect.  During the process, the applicant and all other household members over 14 will have a criminal background check and a child abuse and neglect background check ( Child Protective Services. CPS ).  CPS is completed on children above 14, not the State background checks.  An explanation will usually follow if the results come back stating that you are ineligible to become a foster parent.  However, suppose a description is not provided.  In that case, the agency will ask for more information from you to better understand your status.  If it is proven that the crime is indeed one that proves to be an issue, also known as a barrier crime, then you will no longer be able to move forward in the process. 

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