Child Bridge Family
Our goal is to make the process of becoming a certified foster parent as clear as possible. From helping introduce you for state approved training to helping families navigate paperwork, Child Bridge is available every step of the way of your journey.
Step 1: Contact a Regional Director or attend an Info Meeting
This allows you to learn more about the process and ask any questions you have and connect with your local Regional Director. Click here to find the Director nearest you. Let us take you to coffee and talk to you about the journey.
Step 2: Fill out the Child Bridge Family Application Form
We ask all families READY TO COMMIT TO FOSTER CARE complete a Child Bridge Family Application. Learning about you, your interests, and the age of children in your home helps us guide you, make suggestions, and provide introductions to training and support that might best fit your family.
**If you are already licensed and looking for support, fill out the Child Bridge Family Application and proceed to step 4.
Step 3: Attend State Training
To become a foster parent, you and your spouse (if applicable) are required to attend a state training. The class is 8 hours and then there are an additional 10 hours of training to be completed on your own. After your training, you will have someone from the state come and conduct a home study.
They will complete background checks, a home study (face-to-face interviews), interviews with your children and/or adult children (if applicable) and a home inspection. After all this is complete, the state will certify you to care for children in your home. This process can take 6months - 1 year to complete.
**If you are interested in a therapeutic or tribal license, talk to your Regional Director about those options.
Step 4: Welcome a child into your home!
You are now able to receive foster or adoptive children in your home! When this happens, contact your local Community Outreach and Support Coordinator. They will provide Monthly follow up calls or emails, prayer support and guidance to local resources to assist in the foster journey.
We also provide Monthly Resource Group opportunities for renewal credits and time to connect with other foster families. (Educational and informative speakers, free dinner for the whole family and FREE child care. The training is approved by the State of Montana for foster parent licensing renewal credits.