Frequently asked questions

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    How do I become a foster/professional parent?
    In order to become a foster/professional parent, you must go through an approval process. This includes a background check (of all adults in your home 18 years of age and older), home study, and complete the mandatory hours of pre-training. If you would like to get started on the approval forms, you may contact our office by phone 801-878-0190
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    How much training is required?
    All new foster parents are required to complete their preservice training and also attend a once a month training session provided by Brighter Futures.
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    How much do foster parents get paid?
    The level of payment depends on the level at which the child resides. We can explain the process and the rate of pay when you contact our office.
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    When will I get paid?
    Payments are made once a month, usually the third Tuesday of each month and will include a stipend for clothing and spending money for your client. For example, when a family takes a child into their home during the month of January, they will receive their first payment the third Tuesday of the following month. We would work with all new parents to make sure their clients needs are met until the first full payment.
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    How long will the child stay in my home?
    The average stay for a foster child is about 9 months to a year. Some stay longer. Each situation is different so it will depend on the individual case.
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    How long does the approval process take?
    The licensing process, including background checks, training, etc. can take 4 to 8 weeks. It is possible to be fully trained and ready to begin by the time we receive the approved background check. Your commitment to complete the required training will help determine the time it takes.
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    How long will it be after I am licensed before a child is placed with me/us?
    There is a constant need for good homes for these children, but it is difficult to say exactly how long it will take. We try to find a good match for the family before placing a child. The state tries to place youth as quickly as they can find an appropriate home.
If you have more questions please contact us