Become a Foster Parent in Georgia

Foster Parent Requirements:

  • If you are a single person considering fostering, you must be at least 25 years old.
  • If married, you must have been so for at least one year.
  • In either case, you must be ten years older than the children you are fostering.
  • To be approved, you may be single, married, or divorced.
  • The other adults in your household can only be your spouse or other relatives.
  • You can have no more than six children in your home under the age of 19 years, including your biological children, adopted children, those for whom you provide daycare and the foster children placed in your home.
  • You must have a verifiable source of income which allows you to support your current home and expenses without the compensation you will receive to assist in caring for children placed in your home.
woman and man with kids on becoming a foster parent in ga

Steps To Become a Foster Family in GA:

  1. Learn
    • Register and attend a two-hour informational meeting at one of our office locations – Tucker, Gainesville, Newnan, Augusta or LaGrange.
  2. Participate
    • Take IMPACT classes with us, the free state-required training for all potential foster and adoptive parents.
  3. Complete Paperwork
    • While attending IMPACT classes, complete the required paperwork including a background check, providing references, medical examinations, drug screening, and financial assessment.
  4. Complete a Homestudy
    • Participate in the home study and inspection process, which takes place over 30 days.
  5. Obtain Approval
    • Be approved by Wellroot to care for a certain number of children within your chosen age range.
  6. Say Yes!
    • Say “yes!” when Wellroot calls you to care for one, two or three of the children we seek a home for each week. Be blessed by the experience of sharing your heart, home and family.