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PROSPECTIVE FOSTER PARENTS


There is a great need for parents willing to be licensed foster parents, able to provide a temporary home for children needing a stable, loving environment. There is also a need for parents wanting to adopt children that are legally available to be adopted. If you are interested in fostering temporarily, or fostering to adopt, you will first need to become a Certified Foster Parent and will begin the process by taking one of the classes listed below.


NEW FOSTER PARENT ORIENTATION CLASSES:

Westside Regional Library    
5416 Province Place             
​Alexandria, LA  71303
   
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 6:00p.m.   
Monday, March 11, 2019 @ 6:00p.m.   
Tuesday, April 02, 2019 @ 6:00p.m.   
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 @ 6:00p.m.      
Saturday, May 11, 2019 @ 10:00a.m.   
Tuesday, June 04, 2019 @ 6:00p.m.
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @ 6:00p.m.                
Tuesday, July 16, 2019@ 6:00p.m.                               
Tuesday, August 06, 2019 @ 6:00p.m.                               
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 @ 6:00p.m.                               
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 @ 6:00p.m.                               
Saturday, October 05, 2019 @ 10:00a.m.                               
Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ 6:00p.m.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 @ 6:00p.m.
Monday, December 09, 2019 @ 6:00p.m.
For more information, please contact the Alexandria region DCFS at 318-487-5054.


WHAT ARE THE STEPS TO FOSTER CARE/ADOPTION CERTIFICATION?

  1. Orientation - Informational meeting to provide an overview of the agency and the foster/adoption programs.
  2. Application -The beginning of the certification process and a requirement to proceed.
  3. Fingerprinting - Every applicant and adult (over the age of 18) in the home will be fingerprinted.
  4. Pre-Service Training - Training generally consists of seven three-hour sessions. All spouses must complete pre-service training to be certified. Children are not allowed at training.
  5. Home Study - During training, caseworkers will conduct a series of interviews, home visits, a safety and fire inspection and additional paperwork. During this process, you will become familiar with the Home Development Worker.
  6. Placement - After you are certified, a child or children will be placed in your home. This may happen immediately or may take longer, depending on what age and type of child you are able to care for. The agency will try to place children with you that match your strengths and preferences. You can always refuse any placement you are offered. During the certification process, you will explore what age(s), gender(s), race(s), number and type(s) of child(ren) you are able to care for and you will be certified accordingly.
To learn more please visit DCFS to learn more.