General Information/Requirements

The desire and open heart to support children and families are among the most important criteria for becoming a Foster or Adoptive Parent. The ability to act as a positive role model, parent, mentor, and supporter for children, while their families rebuild, is the foundation of Partnership Parenting.

Caregivers are expected to demonstrate maturity and stability during the temporary placement of a child while allowing the child to be protected and feel nurtured. They are able to assist each child with meeting his/her developmental goals and maintain family connections.  

The journey to becoming an approved caregiver in the State of Georgia is the same whether you work with the Division or a Child Placing Agency.

Prospective Foster or Adoptive Parents must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age

  • Must complete an information session virtually or in person at the local county office

  • Must successfully complete pre-service IMPACT Family Centered Practice training

  • Must complete a medical exam

  • Must undergo both child protective screenings and criminal records checks. If you or any other adult household members (over age 18) have not been a resident of Georgia for a minimum of 5 years, you must be screened in the Child Abuse and Neglect registry of each state of prior residence.

  • Must provide proof of current residence and financial stability