Facilitating Foster Care

Ensuring vulnerable children have access to safe and supportive homes.

Today, nearly half a million young people are in foster care in the United States. Many of these children and youth face overwhelming challenges: from food insecurity, getting behind in school, and even trusting authority figures in their lives. There are hundreds of kids in foster care in Alabama alone who are at risk of facing these obstacles. Through our foster care program, we—along with our caring and giving parents—are opening our hearts and homes to give these kids a chance to grow and thrive in a loving, caring environment.

Understanding Foster Care

For many kids, foster care is not permanent. There are many reasons why children may be placed in foster care, but these children are experiencing some sort of neglect, abuse, abandonment or some other circumstance that may place the child in danger. Foster care serves as a temporary solution for ensuring the safety and well-being of children until a more permanent solution has been identified.

We strive to find the right placement, the first time, ultimately to reduce the stress, shock and trauma of children in the system and we’re very proud of the growing number of families who partner with us to provide care for children in their homes. We work to ensure that kids have:

People We Serve

We want children to thrive in the homes they live in, and sometimes that means living with a foster or adoptive family. We work to keep biological families together, but when that is not possible, or when there is a concern for the safety of a child, we work with caring and giving foster families in our Alabama communities who open their hearts and homes to kids in need.

Our licensed and accredited foster care program works to serve the needs of various individuals:

How We Serve

The United Methodist Children’s Home recruits, trains, licenses and supports foster parents in Alabama, along with providing support and resources that prepare and equip foster families for success. Additionally, our team places children into loving foster homes while continually supervising their care to ensure their safety and well-being is maintained. Beyond training and support, our Foster Care program features three distinct services:

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Where We Serve

Our foster care program offices are located throughout the state of Alabama.

Quick Facts

Becoming a Foster Parent

All of our programs are currently recruiting families who are interested in finding out more about foster care. Join this team of special people opening their hearts and homes to care for children.

You can become a foster parent if you are at least 25 years old and can provide a safe environment for a child or children. Your home will be assessed to make sure it is in compliance with the standards for foster family homes. All members of your household must have medical clearances and all adults in the home must be willing to undergo criminal history background checks. Making the call is the first step towards becoming a foster parent. You can sign up for a free 10-week Trauma Informed Parenting Strategies (TIPS) course that will introduce you to foster parenting and help you decide if it is really right for you. Once you complete the course, other training, applications and evaluations are required to become certified. You do not have to commit to enroll in the course. We recommend that you wait until you’ve attended the course before making the decision on fostering.

Success Story

Success Story

“It’s one of the worst things you can be faced with as a family, and we made it through that. The Family Preservation Program allowed me to truly have my family back together. I can’t even put into words how grateful I am.”

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Learn more about how to become a foster parent and get access to resources in our FAQ portal.

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