Consider Fostering

The road to fostering can seem daunting at times. Yet, each step ensures that children from backgrounds of loss or trauma are placed in homes with well-informed, caring parents who have committed to providing a nurturing environment unique to the concerns of fostering.

Steps to becoming a foster parent in the state of Georgia: (This is not a definitive list.  Each state will have differing requirements.)

  • Attend a Foster Care Info Session led by either DFCS or CPA
  • Submit initial paperwork to DFCS or CPA
  • Complete first home visit by DFCS or CPA
  • Approved to move forward with IMPACT Training hosted by DFCS or CPA
  • Attend an IMPACT Training
  • Complete second home visit (could be during or just after IMPACT Training completion)
  • Turn in all IMPACT Training paperwork to DFCS or CPA
  • Complete third home visit
  • Approved (licensure) by DFCS or CPA
  • Receive first placement

Additional Requirements Before Approval:

  • Infant/child/adult CPR & First Aid certification
  • Up-to-date physicals for entire household
  • Septic and water inspections
  • Drug testing for household members age 18 and above
  • All children in the home must have up-to-date vaccinations
  • Pet information (if applicable)

Additional Requirements After Approval:

  • Continuing Education Requirements – 15 hours or more per person annually

County DFCS Partner Offices (Specific links can be found at:

Barrow, Bartow, Bibb, Bryan, Bulloch, Carroll, Chatham, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Cobb, Colquitt, Coweta, Dekalb, Dougherty, Douglas, Emanuel, Floyd, Forsyth, Franklin, Fulton, Glynn, Gordon, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Haralson, Hart, Jenkins, Laurens, Lee, Lumpkin, Muscogee, Oconee, Paulding, Polk, Richmond, Toombs, Troup, Walker, Walton, White