Version: 2.2 : ProductionDCFS Resource Family Home InquiryToday: 3/27/2015
Requirement Information

The Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is seeking qualified Resource Families!

In Arkansas, there are over 4,000 children in foster care at any given time with an average of 1,200 active foster homes to provide care to these children. Most children in foster care have experienced trauma not only related to abuse and neglect, but also the trauma related to the removal from their family and everything that is familiar to them. Many of these children need foster families that will care about them and commit to providing temporary foster care while their families remedy safety issues so that children can safely return home or go live with an appropriate family member. DCFS is seeking quality foster families to provide this temporary care and meet the individualized needs of children in foster care.

In Arkansas, there are about 500 children in foster care awaiting a “forever” home. Many of these children have special needs, but all 500 children are waiting for qualified families to make the lifetime commitment to be their forever home. The greatest need is for families willing to make a commitment to older youth, sibling groups, and children of all ethnicities.

Some of the general requirements for becoming a Foster and/or Adoptive Family include, but are not limited to:

Foster home applicants must be at least 21 years of age and not older than 65 years of age.
For adoptive applicants, at least a 10-year age difference and no more than a 45-year age difference between the child and
adoptive applicant is preferred.

Parenting Arrangement
Two-parent homes may apply and must demonstrate a stable relationship.
A single person may apply.

Health Status
Members of the household must not have a health condition or disability that would interfere with the family’s ability to parent the child.
Members of the household must complete a physical examination.

Space must be adequate to promote health and safety. Each bedroom should have at least 50 square feet of space per occupant.
All firearms must be maintained in a secure, locked location and stored separately from ammunition.
All water hazards and dangerous pets will be assessed. Safeguard measures will be implemented, as appropriate.
Children of opposite sexes will have their own separate bedrooms if either child is four years old or older, except for a mother
in foster care with her child(ren).
Water must be provided by public water system or approved by the Department of Health.
As second-hand smoke is detrimental to children's health, DCFS policy is that children shall not be placed in foster or adoptive
homes that permit smoking in the presence of children in care. In rare circumstances (e.g., relative placement), a waiver may be
granted for smoking foster or adoptive homes if it is in a child's best interest to be placed there.

The applicant must have sufficient resources to meet the financial, medical, physical, educational, emotional, and shelter needs of
the child without relying solely on state or federal financial assistance to meet those needs.

Background Checks
All members of the household age 14 years and older must be cleared through the Arkansas Child Maltreatment Central Registry.
All members of the household age 18 years and older must be cleared through the Arkansas Adult Maltreatment Central Registry,
a State Police criminal Record Check, and a fingerprint-based FBI Criminal Background Check.
Heads of household must certify in writing that no household members ages 10-17 possess a criminal record.

Other Requirements
Applicants must complete CPR and Standard First Aid certification.
Applicants must complete 30 hours of pre-service training.
Applicants must meet all Minimum Licensing Standards and DCFS Policy requirements.
Must be a resident of Arkansas to inquire about becoming a foster family home.

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