Getting Started

Ready to Get Started and Be a Foster or Adoptive Parent?


You’ve been thinking about it for a while, and now you are ready to take the next step towards being a foster or adoptive parent. We have all the information you need to get started! On this page you will find information on foster and adoptive parenting, the steps towards becoming a foster or adoptive parent, and the forms you can complete to begin the process:

If interested, please RSVP to the following events below: 504-382-6990 ext: 53468

Next Orientation:

Monday, July 31st, 2017 from 6-9 PM at Montgomery County DSS

Next Training Sessions:

Monday nights from 6-9 PM; beginning September 11th, 2017

Steps to Foster Care and Adoption

 

Getting Started Paperwork

The forms and documents below outline the next steps and requirements towards becoming a foster or adoptive parent! Once you have completed the forms, return them to our office for review and we will be in touch with additional information. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us anytime.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is foster care? How does adoption work?
    Today’s foster care system is designed to protect and nurture children and support permanency – most often this is return home, but can also be adoption, placement with relatives, or living independently but connected with a family. Children in foster care have been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect, or special family circumstances. Even though this is for children’s well-being, it is still a difficult time for them. Foster families provide not only a home, but also caring, understanding and guidance. When returning home is not possible, foster-to-adopt or adoptive families provide the permanency children deserve – a “forever family” to call their own.
  2. Who are the children in foster care?
    In the New River Valley, children in the foster care system and/or available for adoption are of all ages, with a large percentage of sibling groups and youth between ages 13 – 18. Some have special needs, medical issues, or academic challenges. All of them are unique individuals with potential, who need an “everyday hero” – maybe you – to help them. Like all children, they need a safe, stable, and nurturing family.
  3. Is fostering or adopting just like raising my own children?
    Raising a child who is or was in foster care is different from “regular” parenting. It can be more challenging; kids in care have experienced many hardships. It can be more complex, but foster and adoptive parents are supported as a part of a team; they receive special training, help to meet children’s individual needs, access to medical care for the child, and reimbursement for certain expenses. Good foster and adoptive parents know that, above all, this is about selecting families for children who need them, not about finding children for families who want them. It takes a village to raise a child. Our New River Valley “village,” more than ever, needs families to help do this.