How to Become a Foster Parent
Becoming a foster parent takes time, but is an interesting and rewarding journey. We work with you to make the process as easy as possible. The first step in the certification process is to call the Monroe County Homefinding Unit at (585) 753-6522 or the Foster Care Information Line at (585) 334-9096. Next, attend an information session near you. If interested, you may take an application at the meeting – complete it, with references, and return it to the County. Monroe County then completes a local child abuse clearance and if cleared, you will be contacted by phone from a caseworker to schedule a visit to your home. If you all agree that foster parenting may be for you, you will be enrolled in a 10-session training class called MAPP (Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting). Half-way through the class, a second home visit will be scheduled with your caseworker. You then continue and complete the training class at which time a final home visit will be made out to your home. After a mutual assessment of readiness, then your caseworker completes your home study and you’re certified to welcome children into your home.