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    what if i decide to move forward?

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    We teach you the basics through our Foundations class.

    We introduce future foster parents to the training and resources needed to care for vulnerable children through a trauma-informed, Gospel approach.

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    We connect you with the right licensing agency.

    We offer guidance and introduction for people looking to take the next step toward getting licensed to foster in the state of Montana.

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    We coach and support you each step of the way.

    We create opportunities to learn new skills, access resources and connect with other families who will walk with you on this journey.

    A yellow circle with the number 1 inside it.

    We teach you the basics through our Foundations class.

    A yellow circle with the number 2 inside it.

    We connect you with the right licensing agency.

    A yellow circle with the number 3 inside it.

    We coach and support you each step of the way.

    Foundations In Foster Care

    An opportunity for new and future foster parents to dive into foundational topics like trauma-informed care, a biblical foundation for resilience and an introduction into a community of support for your fostering journey.

    Week 1

    WEEK 1

    How God Equips for Foster Care

    • Recognize God’s protection and plan in the midst of the unknown.
    • Redefine success for yourself as you relinquish control over outcomes to God.
    • Consider the part you’ll play in a child’s story, not just how they will fit into yours.
    • Understand the cost vs. reward of fostering, for you and the child who enters your care.

    Week 2

    WEEK 2

    Tools for the Spiritual Battle

    • Explore the spiritual battle undertaken through foster care and the necessity of keeping Christ at the center.
    • Prepare for the seasons of struggle and learn how to practice personal care.
    • Find encouragement for days when your best doesn’t feel good enough.
    • Learn what it can look like practically to give God control over specific situations.

    Week 3

    WEEK 3

    How to Prepare Yourself and Your Family

    • Discover how to identify the “right time” to foster.
    • Find encouragement and strength for your marriage in the midst of foster care.
    • Learn how foster care will not only impact your own kids, but benefit them.
    • Shift your mindset from a desire to parent or a fear of loss to the hope of giving a child a family.

    Week 4

    WEEK 4

    How to Stay the Course

    • Learn what it looks like to foster in a way that displays the Gospel.
    • Find the humanity in foster care and develop compassion for all the people involved.
    • Find the humility of foster care and discover the dangers of developing a “hero complex.”
    • Learn to trade toxic self-comparison for genuine help and support from the Christian foster community.
    • WEEK 1

      How God Equips for Foster Care

      • Recognize God’s protection and plan in the midst of the unknown.
      • Redefine success for yourself as you relinquish control over outcomes to God.
      • Consider the part you’ll play in a child’s story, not just how they will fit into yours.
      • Understand the cost vs. reward of fostering, for you and the child who enters your care.
    • WEEK 2

      Tools for the Spiritual Battle

      • Explore the spiritual battle undertaken through foster care and the necessity of keeping Christ at the center.
      • Prepare for the seasons of struggle and learn how to practice personal care.
      • Find encouragement for days when your best doesn’t feel good enough.
      • Learn what it can look like practically to give God control over specific situations.
    • WEEK 3

      How to Prepare Yourself and Your Family

      • Discover how to identify the “right time” to foster.
      • Find encouragement and strength for your marriage in the midst of foster care.
      • Learn how foster care will not only impact your own kids, but benefit them.
      • Shift your mindset from a desire to parent or a fear of loss to the hope of giving a child a family.
    • WEEK 4

      How to Stay the Course

      • Learn what it looks like to foster in a way that displays the Gospel.
      • Find the humanity in foster care and develop compassion for all the people involved.
      • Find the humility of foster care and discover the dangers of developing a “hero complex.”
      • Learn to trade toxic self-comparison for genuine help and support from the Christian foster community.
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      See the lives you could change

      A Chance to Be Seen

      How God gave one little girl the chance to flourish in a family.

      Love Like a Child

      How the relentless compassion of biological children transformed their parents’ view of foster care.

      A Friend and A Family

      The redemption story of Brooklyn and the family she found through friendship.

      The Love in Letting Go

      How one couple’s obedience in the face of fear brought about the redemption of two families.

      The Fight for Fatherhood

      How a foster family allowed one man to become the dad his daughter needed.

      Learning to Sing in the Dark

      A true story of unspeakable abuse and unexpected redemption.

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        How does getting licensed work?

        These are the general steps involved in becoming a licensed foster parent. These steps may vary depending on whether you get licensed through the State of Montana, a therapeutic agency or a tribe. We are here to provide answers and support throughout this process.

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        Application Process

        Upon being introduced for licensing, you will fill out an application, providing basic information for you, your spouse and any other members of your household. This packet will also ask for the applicants’ employment status, income status and character references.

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        Background Check

        All members of your household over the age of 18 will be required to complete a fingerprinted background check by the licensing agency. The agency will also ask you to list all the states you have lived in outside of Montana to request background checks from them as well.

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        Home & Health Assessment

        A licensing worker will need to come in and check the safety aspects of your home, such as smoke detectors and rooming capacity. The worker will then conduct interviews with the applicants and children in the home to determine their physical and mental ability to care for children with trauma.

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        Training

        Applicants are required to participate in an 8-hour training that covers the rights and responsibilities of foster parents, rights of children in care, policies and procedures of the foster care system and how to care for kids using positive discipline. (Child Bridge training counts toward additional training requirements.)

        Visit the DPHHS website to learn more about the requirements to foster in Montana.
        A light teal icon of a clipboard with a list on it.
        Application Process
        Upon being introduced for licensing, you will fill out an application, providing basic information for you, your spouse and any other members of your household. This packet will also ask for the applicants’ employment status, income status and character references.
        A teal icon of a clipboard with a checkmark on it.
        Background Check
        All members of your household over the age of 18 will be required to complete a fingerprinted background check by the licensing agency. The agency will also ask you to list all the states you have lived in outside of Montana to request background checks from them as well.
        A teal icon of a house.
        Home & Health Assessment
        A licensing worker will need to come in and check the safety aspects of your home, such as smoke detectors and rooming capacity. The worker will then conduct interviews with the applicants and children in the home to determine their physical and mental ability to care for children with trauma.
        A teal icon of gears.
        Training
        Applicants are required to participate in an 8-hour training which covers the rights and responsibilities of foster parents, rights of children in care, policies and procedures of the foster care system and how to care for kids using positive discipline.
        Visit the DPHHS website to learn more about the requirements to foster in Montana.

        Common Questions

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