What is the first step in becoming a foster parent?
The first step is to find an agency to complete your licensing process. Every county has a local Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) agency, and many counties have private agencies contracted with the State of Michigan to provide foster care services to families.
A complete list of agencies providing foster care services can be found at: https://live-fcnp.pantheonsite.io/meet-us/find-our-agency/
4) When and where are the orientation and foster parent training classes held?
We recommend calling several agencies and ask them the same kinds of questions before making a final decision. Be sure you feel comfortable with the agency you choose; you will be working closely with them for a long time during the process, and will be sharing private and personal information. They will also become your strongest advocate in this process, which is outlined below!
Below is a flowchart showing the best practice time-frames for foster care licensing.