Frequently Asked Questions

Potential foster parents and families often have many questions about our process. We hope that the answers below provide you with the facts you need to make an informed decision about fostering a child.


Q: What is Foster Care?

A: The temporary or long-term caring for a child(ren) and/or adolescent(s)who have been abused, neglected and/or abandoned and are in the care and custody of the Department of Children and Families. The role of a foster parent is to provide a stable, loving, safe environment where the youth can thrive and succeed.

Q: Who can be a foster parent?

A: Anyone who is single, married, or cohabitating with a partner can be a foster parent. There is no discrimination of race, age or gender identity.

Q: Can same gender couples foster?

A: Yes! LGBTQ individuals are encouraged to foster.

Q: Are there age requirements?

A: Yes. You must be at least 21 years old or older.

Q: Do I have to own a home?

A: No. You can rent or own your home.

Q: Does the child have to have his or her own room?

A: Children can share a room with other children in the home of the same gender and age range, dependent on their needs.

Q: Is there an income requirement?

A: You must show that you have sufficient income to cover your living expenses (rent, heat, electricity, food, etc.) without the monthly stipend for fostering a child.

Q: Do I receive any financial support for fostering a child?

A: You will receive a monthly stipend to cover the child(ren)’s basic needs, such as housing, food, and clothing. All foster children will have medical, dental, and behavioral health insurance through the CT HUSKY program. Flex funds are available on a case-by- case basis for activities, such as before- or after-school programs or summer camps.

Q: What kind of supports do I receive?

A: Staff will provide weekly in-home support to you and the child. In addition, all families have access to our 24-hour, on-call services and to ongoing training, support groups, and other foster care specific events and activities.

Q: How can I become a foster parent?

A: You can attend one of our monthly Open House days, complete an application online, or give us a call at 860-793-7277. One of our Foster Care Senior Recruiters can explain the program and answer any questions you have.

Q: Do I have to be trained?

A: All prospective applicants must attend our pre-service training called MAPP. MAPP generally meets once a week for approximately 3 hours over the course of 10 weeks. The training is designed to familiarize you with the needs of children in foster care and help you decide if foster parenting is right for you and your family.

Q: What if I changed my mind after beginning training?

A: The training is designed to give you an introduction to foster care and the needs of children in foster care. It is a "mutual selection process." An applicant can choose to withdraw from the process at any time. Finishing the training does not obligate you to become approved as a foster parent.

Apply to be a foster parent today!

For information about foster care opportunities, call 860.793.7277 or email FosterCarePrograms@Wheelerclinic.org

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