Imagine everything you know about migrants and refugees forced to flee from war, gang violence, persecution, abuse. The loss of home and loved ones. Fear and uncertainty. Survival often means a dangerous journey.
Now imagine that person fleeing for their lives is just a child.
At LIRS, we believe that the best way to make sure these children are both safe and equipped for a brighter tomorrow is to place them with a foster family. We have a network of heroic service partners across the country with specialized foster care programs, but more foster families are urgently needed.
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, here’s how:
- Connect with an LIRS partner location that offers foster care services.
- Become a licensed foster parent.
Each states timelines and requirements are different but typically include:
- Attending an orientation session;
- Completing an application;
- Providing references and documentation of financial stability;
- Fingerprinting and background check;
- Interviews with the family;
- Home study assessment.
- Get Trained. Foster parent training is typically 6-8 sessions plus specialized sessions on fostering immigrant and refugee youth.