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Around the country, there are thousands of children in the foster care system who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. These children need loving homes and foster parents who can meet their unique needs.

Fostering a child will likely be one of the most challenging — yet rewarding — tasks of your life.  As a foster parent, you help bring stability to a child’s life during a time of trauma. Foster parents leave lifelong impressions on children in their care and positively impact the futures of children and families in our community, in addition to gaining deep personal fulfillment and satisfaction.

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, Eckerd Kids offers the necessary training free of charge! Choose your region from our list of locations to learn more about becoming a foster parent in your area.

To be a foster parent, you must:

  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Demonstrate stable housing and income
  • Have adequate sleeping space in a home or apartment that you rent or own
  • You can be married, single, divorced or widowed
  • You must have a big heart!