Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the basic qualifications to become a foster parent?

A: Basic qualifications to become a foster parent:

  • 21 years of age or older;
  • Have adequate housing and income;
  • In good physical and mental health;
  • Pass all background checks required by New York State;
  • Willing to work in partnership with everyone involved in the child’s life;
  • Complete a 10-week training course specifically designed for foster/adoptive parents.

Q: Can I become a foster parent if I am single or divorced?

A: Yes! You do not need to be married to become a foster parent. If you are a couple that lives together, whether or not you are married, you must both go through the training and certification process.

Q: Do I have to be Catholic to become a foster/adoptive parent with Catholic Charities?

A: No! We welcome any and all prospective foster and adoptive parents.

Q: Is there a minimum income requirement to become a foster parent?

A: There is no income requirement for becoming a foster parent other than the ability to financially support yourself and any child that comes into your home. Foster parents receive a modest stipend to assist with expenses that come with caring for a child.

Q: As a foster parent, can I work outside the home?

A: Yes. Daycare costs are paid for by the county in most cases.

Q: How long will foster children remain in my home?

A: Children may stay in your home for one day, one year, or forever. Each case is different.

Q: I would like to grow my family. How can Catholic Charities help me do that?

A: Catholic Charities offers adoption through foster care, as well as voluntary agency adoption services (commonly referred to as private infant adoptions). Catholic Charities’ certification process enables foster and adoptive parents to pursue both options. 

Q: What makes Catholic Charities different from other foster care/adoption agencies?

A: Individuals involved in foster care and adoption through Catholic Charities benefit from access to a wide array of services which Catholic Charities provides. These include housing, parenting courses, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program, counseling, therapeutic supervised visitation, workforce development and education services. Additionally, our caseworkers have small caseloads, which gives you and your family the individual attention and assistance that you deserve. Our foster and adoptive parents appreciate this significant benefit!