Training will be held in Bountiful in January for those who believe they would be interested in participating. A meeting can be set up with a recruiter for an initial consultation prior to the training.
Potential foster parents must complete 32 hours of training before they become licensed.
Basic qualifications in-clude: family members 18 years and older must pass a criminal background check; foster parents must be over 21 years of age; foster parents must earn a stable income.
Participants can be single or married, but not in a cohabitating relationship; a stay-at-home or working parent, but cannot be providing licensed day care in your home; of any race, ethnicity or religion; with or without your own children; a renter or home owner; experienced with or willing to learn about children with special needs.
Foster parents select the desired age range and gender of children who come into their home. However, a special need exists for families willing to care for sibling groups, so brothers and sisters can stay together. There is also a need for ethnically diverse families.
For more information, call the Utah Foster Care Foundation at 1-877-392-1114 or visit their website, www.utahfostercare.org.