If you’re wanting to care for a child but not willing or ready to make the legal commitment to adopt one, then fostering is for you. You’re opening up your home to allow young people who are in the foster care system to be a part of your family, and you’ll be expected to work in partnership with the child’s birth family and act as a mentor whenever possible.
To do so, you have to become an approved foster parent through the state of Georgia, which requires a 23-hour pre-service training and multiple home evaluations by a case manager. If single, you need to be at least 25 years of age and at least 10 years older than the child, and if married, you must be at least 10 years older than the child. There’s also a criminal background check, medical examination, drug screen and a list of references required.
Be prepared to pay for the background check, medical exam and drug screen, and while foster parents are not paid in Georgia, the state provides a yearly clothing allowance for the child as well as a reimbursement per diem to assist in meeting the daily needs of the child.
There are no laws in Georgia against LGBT individuals or same-sex couples fostering children.