Frequently Asked Questions

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, we understand that you have a lot of questions. Rest assured our staff is here to help you understand the process. We have compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions we receive. These questions and more can also be answered by visiting the Connecticut Department of Children and Families website. If you still have questions after reading our FAQs, contact Jeannie House, Director of Specialized Foster Care at 203-523-5331.


All families providing foster care and pre-adoptive care for children in Connecticut are licensed or approved according to the regulations of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF). The first step is to attend a Family & Children’s Agency Foster Parent Training.

Yes. Foster parents in the state of Connecticut must be at least 21 years old.

The family must have sufficient income to cover their expenses without the monthly reimbursement for the care of the foster child.

No. You can rent or own an apartment, single-family house or condominium, but renters must have signed permission from their landlords. Housing must accommodate separate beds for each foster child and separate rooms for children of the opposite sex ages three years or older. Certain foster children may require their own rooms.

Yes. Foster care and adoption by single parents, including LGBT individuals, as well as same gender couples, is permissible and supported.

Yes. Families who have parenting experience are a great resource for waiting children. Some families foster children while their biological children are still in the home. Many families who have grown children may experience “empty nest” feelings and will foster, an older child or sibling group.

Yes. Some children are freed for adoption and if a foster parent would like to legally adopt, next steps will be provided by DCF.