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Foster FAQ

We've compiled a list of answers to questions that we are frequenly asked. If your questions are not answered here, please feel free to contact us.


Q: How do I become a foster parent?
A: In order to become a foster 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'd like to get started on the forms, you may contact one of our office by phone or fill in the information on the bottom of each page.

Q: How much training do I need?
A: All new foster parents are required to complete their preservice training and also attend a once a month training session provided by TPFC.

Q: How much do foster parents get paid?
A: The level of payment depends on the level at which the child is said to reside. Average payments are in the range for $25.00 - $30.00 per day.

Q: When do I get paid?
A: Payment for foster care can be a bit of an arduous process. We bill the State of Utah and they, in turn, pay us. This process does take a bit of time and therefore, foster parents are paid a month after they take a child into their home. For example, a family takes a child into their home during the month of January. They will not receive "payment in advance", rather they will be paid on February 25th for the care they gave in January. If the 25th falls on a weekend, payment will be available the Friday before the 25th.

Q: How long will a foster child be in my home?
A: The average stay for a foster child is about 9 months to a year. Some parents maintain children for two years or more! Each situation is different so there is no right answer to this question.

Q: How long does approval take?
A: The licensing process, including background checks, training, etc. can take from 4 to 8 weeks.

Q: How long will it be after I am licensed before a child is placed with me/us?
A: Generally, there are not children always waiting for a home because the State tries to place youth as quickly as they can find an appropriate home; however, most placements happen within 2 to 4 weeks after licensure.