You do not have to be a German Citizen to become a foster parent. What matters most is that you are able to provide the child with a stable and secure home environment in order to promote his or her healthy development.
It is important that you have permission to stay in Germany in order to ensure that you are able to care for the child for the long-term. A temporary residence permit will only be acceptable under exceptional circumstances.
We welcome people from different cultures and religious orientations as they reflect the variety of backgrounds that foster children come from. This allows us to take into consideration the ethnic and religious origins when finding the right family for a particular child.
You don’t have to be married to become a foster parent. Single people and same sex couples are also allowed to foster.
In the case of long-term foster care there should be an appropriate age gap between the foster child and the foster parents. However, at 45 years old you can still foster a baby or toddler.
Children need space to play and learn. Therefore you need to be able to provide enough living space in your home to foster a child. At the beginning, a child does not necessarily need to have his or her own bedroom.
The assessment process and subsequent placement of a child can take up to nine months.
You should live in secure economic conditions. We expect that your financial security is independent of the fostering allowance. Foster parents get paid a monthly allowance to cover the cost of child rearing in addition to living expenses.
To prepare you for the task of becoming a foster parent you will attend the “Fostering School,” followed by an assessment process and a foster care qualification program. You will receive professional support before, during and after a child has been placed with you.
German language skills are a basic requirement in order to qualify as a foster parent. To go through the assessment process and work with the youth welfare service, birth parents, schools and early childhood institutions, you need to be able to speak and understand German. It can be very helpful for the children and their birth families if foster parents speak the same native language and share their cultural heritage.
Before you attend the “Fostering School” and start your individual assessment process, you are welcome to attend our information evening and a preparation seminar. To attend the training program and go through the assessment process, you need to be able to speak and understand German.
The information evening will provide you with an overview on everything to do with fostering. This will include information about the application, assessment, approval and matching process. Foster parents will talk about their personal experiences of living with a foster child. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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This one day seminar is designed to help you make a decision as to whether fostering is right for you. The seminar provides the foundation of the assessment process. You will receive information about day-to-day living with a foster child and have the chance to discuss and talk with other prospective foster parents about the issues involved in fostering a child.
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