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Become A Foster Parent

Being a foster parent is a rewarding journey

It's your journey!
Bringing Families Together is here for you!

Bringing Families Together (BFT) will support you every step of the way through the process! We have many waiting children who need foster homes and being a foster parent is an amazing way to support children and families.

Becoming a Foster Parent

Curious about becoming a foster parent and would like to learn more? We would love to help you explore and learn more about becoming a foster parent!

It just takes one simple first step! 

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What is foster care?

The goal of the child welfare system is to protect children and provide services to help them stay at home. When the court decides that staying home is not in the best interest of the child, they may be placed in out of home care,  known as foster care.

Foster families provide safe and caring temporary homes for children while their family works towards their goals and reunification. 

  • Reunification with the children’s family is the primary focus of foster care.

  • Relationships, collaboration and partnerships are the foundation to positive outcomes for children and their families. 

  • As a foster parent, you provide family foster care by ensuring a safe, nurturing, supportive environment for all children in your home.

  • You will be supported as you meet the children’s wide array of developmental needs.

  • You will receive training to be informed about and follow trauma-informed practices.

  • You will have the opportunity to continue to learn and grow. 

  • You will be an advocate for the child, their family, yourself and your family.

Becoming a Foster Parent

Curious about becoming a foster parent and would like to learn more? We would love to help you explore and learn more about becoming a foster parent!

It just takes one simple first step! 

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Take Your First Step

Becoming a foster parent starts with taking one step – call us – and we will help guide you through the rest! It’s your journey and we are here to help you!

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Call us!

Reach out to us so we can help you take your first step on your journey to becoming a foster parent!

 

Call our foster inquiry line at 314-938-5690 or reach out to Resource Family Director Kim Brown at 314-938-5704 or via email at KimB@bringingfamiliestogether.com.

Or, fill out our form, and Kim will be in touch with you!

The Next Steps on Your Journey

It all starts by calling us! After that, below is what you should expect for the next steps on your journey to becoming a licensed foster parent or respite care provider.

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Attend a Foster Care, Adoption & Mentoring Info Session

If you’re not sure where to start and you’d like to learn more, our info sessions are a great place to start! We will introduce you to BFT, discuss what’s involved in becoming a foster parent. You will find our Foster Care, Info Sessions on our Events Page or on our Facebook page. We offer both virtual and in-person info sessions. We will help you explore the possibilities of getting involved and making a difference. You will be able to chat with a licensing worker, learn more about the journey and explore the process (with no obligation)! We would love to have you join us! The primary goal of foster care is reunification of children with their families. Foster parents partner with the child’s team and the family towards reunification.

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Sign up for MO CARES training

MO Missouri Caregiver and Adoption Resource Education (MO CARES) is the official Missouri Department of Social Services (MO DSS) Training for becoming a foster parent. All training and assessments are provided at no cost to the family. “Foster parents” are officially called “resource providers,” so when you see “resource providers,” it is talking about foster parents. ​These classes are offered locally, by Bringing Families Together and/or by one of our partner agencies in the Saint Louis PARTNERS. To find out more about the next available MO CARES class, please call or email Kim Brown at 314-938-5704 or via email at KimB@bringingfamiliestogether.com. You also may find upcoming MO CARES classes on our events page if you do not see one, just give us a call so we can help you find the next class. ​ MO CARES training provides 10 sessions either held virtually, in person or a combination. ​ The MO CARES curriculum includes ‘right time training’ that are accessible to families at any time. It includes the following core competencies, which will help you become a successful foster parent, in addition to the ongoing support you will receive from Bringing Families Together throughout the process of both becoming a foster parent. 1. Understanding trauma and trauma-informed parenting, 2. Supporting families and maintaining children’s connections, 3. Understanding the child welfare system and the social, emotional, and physical impact it has on children and families, 4. Understanding the importance of cultural identity in foster care and adoption, and 5. Understanding children’s mental health issues and how substance use can impact children.

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In-Home Assessment

As part of the MO CARES training and evaluation process, you will also have a foster home assessment completed; this will include several in-home visits. The licensing specialist will evaluate your home and guide you on what to do to get your home ready to be approved for foster care.

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Additional Trainings

There are additional trainings that you will need to complete in order to become licensed. Bringing Families Together can help you find the appropriate classes / materials to complete these trainings. All licensed homes must successfully complete the following training prior to being licensed: • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) •First Aid There will be ongoing training requirements after you officially become a foster parent, and Bringing Families Together will walk you through those requirements as well.

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Licensed Foster Parent

After successfully completing the training and licensing process you will become a licensed foster parent with the State of Missouri. Once you are licensed, you will be ready to accept foster children into your family. This phase of the journey with support of a worker and through the steps above, you will officially become a licensed foster parent! Bringing Families Together will then help you find placements for foster children in your home through our home finding service in partnership with Saint Louis Partners. The primary goal of foster care is reunification of children with their families. Foster parents partner with the child’s team and the family towards successful reunification.

FAQs

Here are answers to some of our frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Click on the question to the right for more information. Still have questions? Click on the button below and send us an email!

Have more questions?
  • How much does it cost to become a foster parent?
    It’s free! There is NO cost to you for the foster care training or foster home study.
  • How do I find a licensing agency?
    You already have! Bringing Families Together is a licensing agency, and we would love to help you! We will guide you through the process to become a licensed foster parent for BFT.
  • How do I get started?
    Just call us! You may call our foster inquiry line at 314-938-5690 or reach out to Resource Family Director Kim Brown at 314-938-5704 or via email at KimB@bringingfamiliestogether.com. You may also attend an Info Session HERE.
  • Will I receive training?
    Yes, the MOCARES 10 session training will be provided free of charge.
  • Will there be home visits?
    Yes, there will be several home visits to ensure safety in the home and complete the assessment process.
  • Can I foster as a single parent?
    Yes! You do not need to be married to become a foster parent!
  • Do I need to own my own house?
    No, you do not need to own your own home.
  • Will I have ongoing support?
    Yes! Bringing Families Together provides ongoing support through your licensing worker and added trainings to support you as a parent.
  • Who makes a good foster parent?
    All individuals and couples who love children and can provide a safe and caring home for children.
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Respite Care

You may want to help and support youth, but you may not want to be a full-time foster parent and that’s o.k.! We have another option for you! Respite care providers are in huge demand and provide respite for our foster parents / children.

What is respite care / a respite care provider?

Respite care providers support children and other foster parents by providing respite care for foster children already placed in another foster home.

 

This could be a few days, a weekend or a week or two. If the child/ren are in school, then we will help you with how to get the child/ren to their school and activities.

 

You may also become the “go to” respite care provider for a particular set of foster parents and foster child/ren, which provides an ongoing relationship but without the requirements of being a full-time foster parent. Learn more about becoming a respite care provider from the Missouri Children’s Division website.

Why is respite care important?

Sometimes foster parents can just use a break, or they may have a family emergency or travel and need someone to watch their foster child / children.

 

This is looked at as a fun break for the child/ren who can have their own “vacation” of sorts, even if they are still in school.

 

A change of scenery can often do both foster child/ren and foster parents so much good! Everyone needs a break every now and then.

How do I become a respite care provider?

The process is the same – it starts by reaching out to us so we can help you take your first step. Just call our foster inquiry line at 314-938-5690 or reach out to Resource Family Director Kim Brown at 314-938-5704 or via email at KimB@bringingfamiliestogether.com, and we will help get you started on your journey to becoming a respite provider.

What kind of training is required?

The training is the same as becoming a foster parent or “resource provider.”

 

For more information, please check out the Respite Care Provider Handbook.

 

Just call or email us and we will help you get started!

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Foster Care & Respite Care Trainings - Sign-Up

STARS Training is required to become a foster parent or respite care provider.

How to Find Upcoming STARS Trainings


To find upcoming STARS trainings, visit our Events Page 

and/or call our foster inquiry line at 314-938-5690 or reach out to Resource Family Director Kim Brown at 314-938-5704 or via email, and we will help you find the next available STARS training by Bringing Families Together and/or our partners at Saint Louis Partners.

Submit Your Application via Email

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent/resource family or foster care respite provider, please fill out our Resource Home Application and email your completed application to Kim Brown.

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