Is there a fee to apply through MSFC?
Can a single person be a foster parent?
How long does it take to get licensed?
Typically between 90 to 120 days
How long would a foster child stay in my home?
It depends on the foster child and the parents’ situation.If a child is not reunified with their family, they may be adopted by the foster family or be moved to a new adoptive family.
Can a foster child share a room with my child?
Most children may share a room. Foster children must have a separate bed and children of the opposite gender can only share a room if under six years old. Some children cannot share bedrooms because of behavior concerns.
Do I have a choice about the age and gender of the child?
Yes, your family will decide on what age and gender is most suitable for you with the help of MSFC’s foster home licensor.
Can I spank foster children?
No, foster parents are prohibited from using any form of physical punishment.
Can LGBTQ+ individuals be foster parents in Washington State?
Yes. Washington State is one of the 13 states that have non-discrimination laws in place to protect LGBTQ+ foster parents. There is a great need for homes that would be safe and supportive to LGBTQ+ foster children.