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.
Coordinated care of children
Foster parents who are well matched to the needs of the child
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