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Foster parents are individuals or married couples who complete the steps to become licensed to serve as caretakers for foster children. They work with birth families and hope changes are made that will allow the children to return to a safe home. Foster parents may choose to adopt the children if this is not possible.

These families provide a safe and stable environment for children who may be experiencing stress and trauma from recent life changes. They receive a monthly reimbursement to help offset the cost of caring for children. Social workers visit the home on a regular basis to provide services and support to the children and family.

Have you ever felt the need to help children in foster care?

Do you feel as if you could open up your home and become a foster parent? Here are some basic facts about becoming a foster parent through the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services:

  • Are legal Mississippi residents.
  • Can pass a criminal background check.
  • Are at least 21 years old.
  • May be legally married or legally single.
  • Have no more than four children living in the home.
  • Are financially self-supporting

Who are the children most in need of stable foster homes?

  • Teens
  • Sibling groups
  • Children who have been sexually abused
  • Children with psychological/developmental issues
  • Children who need to be taught new coping mechanisms
  • Children with medical needs
  • Pregnant girls and/or teen mothers