Devereux Arizona - Foster Parent Common Q & A
Q: How do I become a foster parent?
A: The process to become a foster parent includes two to four visits to
your home and completion of state-mandated training. The licensing
worker assigned to your family will gather paperwork, interview all
household members, and help prepare you for the safety inspection of
your home. All household members must pass criminal and CPS background
checks and be available for interviews. Devereux’s training and
screening process encompasses a mutual selection platform so that a
fully informed decision can be made about whether becoming a foster
parent is right for you and your family.
Q: What kind of specialized training am I provided?
A: A 30 hour training is provided for all foster parents. Additionally,
your spouse or domestic partner will be required to attend training, as
applicable. Devereux holds classes on a weekday evening or Saturday
morning, and classes are held once a week for three hours. CPR, First
Aid, or other training may be required for licensing, and additional
training is provided year-round to foster parents interested in further
Q: Are there any fees to become a licensed foster parent or to adopt a
A:Devereux does not charge foster parents for training or licensing.
Additionally, fees to adopt a foster child may be eligible for
Q: Where will my foster child come from?
A: In most circumstances, children are placed in a foster home within
hours of being identified by Child Protective Services to be removed
from their current home. Abuse, neglect, or parental illness are common
reasons for a child to need a foster home. Sometimes a child may come
from another foster home, a group home, or a residential facility.
Q: Will I get to meet the child before he or she is placed in my home?
A: In most circumstances, children are placed immediately after coming
into foster care. In some situations, you may be able to visit with the
child before accepting them into your home.
Q: How long will a foster child stay with me?
A: This varies depending on the individual circumstances of the child.
Most children will return home to family after a few months or a year.
Others may become eligible for adoption or stay in foster care until
they turn 18. Children are eligible to continue in foster care past
their 18th birthday.
Q: Will a foster child need their own room?
A: Most foster children may share a room with your own child of the
same gender. They will need space for personal belongings and be
provided their own bed.
Q: Do I have to take any child you place with me?
A: No. Prior to becoming licensed, you and your Devereux licensing
worker will decide what type of child would be a good match for your
family. When we call you with a potential match, we will provide you the
necessary information about the child for you to make an informed
Q: Do you offer financial compensation?
A: Yes. You will be provided financial compensation to cover the costs
of caring for a foster child. Children with higher needs are eligible
for higher reimbursement rates. This compensation is provided to cover
expenses such as room and board, mileage, clothing, recreation, and
allowance. Children in foster care have full medical coverage.
Additionally, foster children may be eligible for other resources such
as free school lunch, clothing allowance, or daycare expenses for
working foster parents.
Q: Where and when do foster children visit with their family of
A: The courts and CPS will determine how often visitations occur. When
the child’s plan is reunification with family, visits are crucial in
maintaining the child’s sense of belonging and bond with the parents.
You will likely be asked to participate in meetings or discussions with
the biological family, when appropriate. You may also be asked to
transport the child to visits, which are usually held in a supervised
Q: Where is the greatest need?
A: The need for foster parents is prevalent for families taking in
children of all ages and situations. However, the greatest need is for
families willing to accept teenagers and sibling groups.
Q: What kind of supports will I be provided as a foster parent?
A: Devereux will provide frequent visits to your home by a Specialist
assigned to your family, a 24-hour emergency contact number, and 10 days
of Respite per year. Your Specialist will be able to provide you with
resources, training, and other supports as needed.
Q: Do foster children become available for adoption?
A: Sometimes a foster child may not be able to reunify with their
families for various reasons. In these circumstances, the foster parent
is a primary consideration when the child becomes adoptable.
Q: What if I decide being a full-time foster parent isn’t for me
A: There are many opportunities to help foster children without
becoming a full-time foster parent. You may be able to provide short-term respite to foster families, become a mentor, or volunteer with Devereux's Foster Care programs.