How to Apply

The steps to becoming a foster parent are simple: If you are eligible , either download an application from the buttons below or call Apelah, and our Foster Care Recruiter/Trainer will help you with the application process. Because Apelah is a specialized care provider, you must apply through our agency rather than through the state. After your application and background check have been processed, you will participate in a home study and receive training to make sure that you and your home are ready.



  • Complete required training

  • Provide four (4) references

  • Participate in the Home Study process

  • Be at least 21 years of age

  • Have financial stability

  • Be in good health

  • Submit to background checks and fingerprint testing

Foster parents may be married or single. Those with or without children are also free to apply.

Qualities of Successful Foster Parents

  • Give without the expectation of immediate return

  • Have sufficient room in your home as well as your daily life

  • Learn and use proven behavior management skills

  • Love and care for children regardless of their challenges.

Program Features

  • Coordinated care of children

  • Foster parents who are well matched to the needs of the child

  • On-going training

  • Access to 24 hour case management support

To learn more specifics about our program, visit the Foster Care Page or read our blog on 7 Things that Make Specialized Foster Care Special