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Indiana Department of Child Services

DCS  > Foster Care > Become a Foster Parent > Foster Parent Requirements Foster Parent Requirements

In Indiana, foster parents must be licensed by the Department of Child Services.  The requirements for licensure include:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Passing a criminal history and background check that includes a fingerprint-based national history
  • Demonstrating financial stability
  • Own or renting your own home that meets physical safety standards (e.g., fire extinguishers, adequate bedroom space, reliable transportation)
  • Medical statements from a physician for all household members
  • Successful completion of pre-service training requirements
  • Successful completion of First Aid, CPR, and Universal Precautions training
  • Positive personal reference statements
  • Home visits from the Regional Licensing Specialist
  • Completion of all required Casey Foster Family Assessments
  • Completing all required forms within the licensing packet