Basic Requirements:

  • At least 21 years of age
  • Comply with criminal history and child protection background check
  • Be financialy stable
  • Complete a home study
  • Demonstrate the competencies necessary to care for children with varying degrees of challenging needs- Training is provided.

IF YOU CAN DO THIS, PLEASE CONSIDER OPENING YOUR HEART AND HOME

There is always a need for more homes to foster children in Ward County. Foster families provide for the physical, emotional, and social needs of youth who are unable to live with their birth families. Some children in foster care need short term, emergency shelter care, and other children need care for longer periods of time.

Foster parents can be single or married. They can own their home or rent it. Foster parents can be employed full time.

The number of children in need of foster care far exceed the homes available in Ward County. There is a critical shortage of homes that accept older children and sibling groups. Some of the children may have complex physical, emotional, or medical needs.

Children placed in foster care come from varied cultural and social/economic backgrounds. Ward County is seeking foster parents that are able to provide emergency care, long term care, and respite. Foster families provide love, structure, physical, emotional, and social needs of children and youth in a substitute family setting. As a foster parent, you will provide a loving and safe environment for youth, and impact their lives in a positive way.

FAMILY FOSTER CARE

Family Foster Care is for children who need to be placed in a family home due to parental neglect, abuse or unruly and delinquent behavior. Foster parents provide a supportive and stable environment for children while they work with social services and other professionals to reunite the children with their families or until another plan can be made. A child may be in your home anywhere from a few days to several months, and even years.

EMERGENCY SHELTER CARE/RESPITE HOMES

Emergency shelter care is short term care for children in the midst of a crisis. These placements typically last 4 business days. Respites homes are also needed as a support for current foster parents.

Foster Care Education

Fire Safety Training

Fire Safety Training

Foster Club -
Foster Parent Training

Foster Club - Foster Parent Training

Foster Parent Handbook

Foster Parent Handbook

Mandated Reporter
Training

Mandated Reporter Training

PRIDE Training

PRIDE Training

Foster Parent College

Foster Parent College

Library of the UND
Children & Family
Services Training Center

Library of the UND Children & Family Services Training Center

ND Administrative Code
(75-03-14) Family Foster
Home for Children

ND Administrative Code (75-03-14) Family Foster Home for Children

Child Protections
&
Family Services

PRIDE Training