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but you can change the world of a child.


What does it take to become a foster parent?

The licensing process includes:

  • The licensing worker will guide you through the application packet, which includes information about you and your family; background check forms and medical examinations.
  • All household members age 17 and older will be fingerprinted and have a background check completed to check for criminal history.
  • The licensing worker will make one or more home visits to ensure your home meets licensing standards. A home study which is similar to a social history, will be completed.
  • You and your spouse (if applicable) will need to attend the 27 hours of Pride Training throught DCFS.
  • You must be able to support children's ties to their birth families and support reunification efforts, when applicable.
  • You must have sufficient financial resources to provide for yourself and your family.

Once licensed, Camelot matches a child with your home.  Camelot looks at the needs of each particular child referred and matches them with a home based on the strengths, experiences and preferences of the foster families.  Information is shared with the foster parents about the prospective referral and pre-placement visits are arranged for the family to meet the child.

How long does it typically take?

Timeline Document.pdf

What are the typical ages of the children?

Children needing specialized foster care placement are usually between the ages of 5 - 18, with most being 10 or older.

 Are the foster parents paid?

All licensed foster parents are compensated for their work with and support of our children. The specifics are established in our contract with DCFS and depend on various factors that will be explained throughout the licensing process.

What services are provided?

In addition to a generous compensation, Camelot Care Centers provide In-Home Counseling, Case Management, 24-hour Support, Extensive Training, and Paid Respite Days.

Who are foster Parents?

Foster parents are single adults or couples that are in civil unions or are married; that are at least 21 years of age. They are parents as well as individuals who have never had children of their own.   

Foster parents are vital team members committed to making a difference in a child'slife. 






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