Fos­ter­ing

GA Voice - - Outspoken -

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.

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