Foster Parent FAQ

What are the requirements to become a foster parent?

  • You must be at least 21 years old.
  • You must have sufficient income to handle your expenses without the foster parent stipend.
  • You must be able pass a criminal background check.
  • You must have a bedroom with a bed and dresser and closet space.

Do you have to be married to be a foster parent?

No, a single adult can be a foster parent. 

Do you have to have a large income?

No not at all, you need to make sufficient income to manage your expenses.

Do you have to own your own home?

No, you can rent and/or live in an apartment. However, you do need to live in a safe community that has no drug or criminal activity.

Do I have a say in the type of child that will be placed in my home?

Yes, when a child is confident enough to be placed in your home, a case manager will give you information on a child’s history, behaviors and other important information so that you may make the best decision for your situation.

How long does it take to get a child placed in your home?

Placement times vary from a few weeks to a few months. It really depends on how selective you are in your child search.

What do I do if I want to get more information?

Email us or call 804-730-0444 X202.

Why Become a Foster Parent

The only problem with good foster parents is that there aren’t enough of them to go around. Every child deserves a stable and loving home and a positive role model to lead the way. Hundreds of children in Virginia each year are removed from their homes due to abuse and neglect. Given their experiences, many of these children need additional supervision, stability and care. Inspirational Youth Services’ Therapeutic Foster Care Program allows children, adolescents, and teens with behavioral and emotional problems to live with families while receiving the additional support they need to be successful.

If you know of a child that would benefit from our services or if you’ve been considering becoming a foster parent, please contact us and let’s get started.

You can make a life changing difference by teaming up with IYS Inc. to give these children the future they deserve. You’ll have the unique opportunity to be an active participant in building a family for a child and making our communities better places to live through your guidance of its most precious resources – its children.

About Our Parents

Our foster parents are just like you and like the children we serve, come from diverse cultural, social, and financial backgrounds. While diverse in their job history, all foster parents are experienced caregivers. We’ve trained and supported foster parents who run the gamut from homemakers to professionals, from single parents to entire families (grandma and grandpa included), they all have experience with children and believe in giving back to their community. Aside from the basic Virginia state licensing and agency criteria, IYS Inc., requires that foster parents consider themselves professional and full-time participants in a therapeutic treatment process.

So if you’re ready to help a child in need, get started by contacting us! 

Support When You Need It

Raising a child is never easy, and as a foster parent for a child with special needs, we recognize that there may be challenges that you can’t face alone. The IYS Inc. Treatment Team is there, ready to help day or night. Through our program, you will have around-the-clock support to help the child in your care negotiate life’s ups and downs by working with social workers, the courts, teachers, doctors, therapists and the child’s biological family to ensure that the child’s needs are met. To ensure the best care for our foster children, IYS Inc foster parents can expect a high level of customer service and expert individualized support, including:

  • A multi-disciplinary treatment team that provides services designed to maximize the potential of each child.
  • 24-Hour Support: Our clinical social workers are available by pager for support and consultation 24 hours/day. We’re here to help you, any time day or night.
  • Monthly Support and Training Groups: Our support and training groups offer foster families a chance to enhance their knowledge and skills while receiving encouragement from one another.
  • Specialized Training: We’re here for you every step along the way. When you decide to join our program, you will receive a full 24 hours of ongoing in-service training and child-specific training on caring for children with special needs.
  • Respite Care: Every now and then, you are going to need a chance to recharge and relax. Whether it’s an afternoon out, a weekend excursion, or a week-long vacation, we have respite care providers who are trained in taking care of children with special needs.
  • Dedicated Support Staff: A clinical social worker will be assigned to your family and will meet with you at least twice a month or as often as needed and will be readily available by phone.
  • Monthly, non-taxable income: We know that taking a child into your home may cause financial stress and strain, so foster parents receive a tax-free stipend plus room and board payment to cover a child’s expenses.

Let’s Get Started

Being a foster parent is a calling. For a child, there’s nothing more important than to have a place to call home, a family to love and parents who believe in them. As a foster parent, you can transform the life of a child simply by becoming the first person to have faith in her, the first person to care where he is, the first person to believe in what she can become. Hundreds of families across Virginia are volunteering to make a difference in the lives of children and families in need. But we need more. You can make a life changing difference by teaming up with Inspirational Youth Services Inc., to give these children the future they deserve. Not only will the lives of children be touched, but yours will certainly be changed as well. One can leave no finer legacy than to change the world one child at a time. Foster a belief. It’s more important than a bed. More life-changing than a meal. It’s what a child needs. It’s a calling.

Please consider becoming a foster parent for a child in need today. To get started, please contact us!