WHEN YOU FEEL
called to foster
Agape’s foster care ministry seeks Christ-centered families who can provide safe, caring, comfortable homes for children currently in the custody of Alabama’s Department of Human Resources or other children who need temporary shelter.
Foster parents are ordinary people who do extraordinary things in the lives of children. They offer love, understanding, education, and compassion to children separated from their family due to abuse, neglect, or substance abuse in the home.
Children may stay in foster care for years, weeks, or days. Agape needs foster parents who can help children return to their families when possible or possibly provide a forever
Keeping Sibling Bonds Strong: Your relationship with your siblings is the longest lasting relationship of your life. Agape values keeping brothers and sisters together. Enhanced Foster Care is a special program designed to keep large sibling groups (4+ siblings) together in specially equipped foster homes.
Enhanced foster homes receive additional support and training to meet the needs of the children. They also receive a supplemental stipend to meet the financial needs of a large sibling group.
LED TO FOSTER
Email the office closest to you and tell us about you and your interest in fostering. Go ahead and add questions you may have.
In the next week or so, you’ll hear from an Agape social worker in response to your inquiry. They will provide you with information to help you assess if moving forward with foster care is right for your family at this time.
To become a licensed foster parent you’ll need to complete a Group Preparation and Selection (GPS) or Deciding Together class. Upon completion—usually after six to ten weeks depending on the course—your family can start the home study process toward approval and licensure.
Agape offers foster parent training at various locations throughout the state at varying times of year. If you have completed GPS or Deciding Together with another agency, your training can transfer to Agape with proper documentation.
Foster parents must also log 15 hours per year of continuing education, through Agape-sponsored events, conferences, approved independent study, and numerous other training opportunities. Foster parents are required to be certified in CPR and First Aid.