Foster care is a system where adults care for children whose birth parents are unable to for a time. The goal of foster care is reunification between the child and his or her birth family. A child may be with a family for a few nights, several weeks, years or in some cases, forever. Foster care is committing to love a child well, provide what they need, and give them hope. A family taking action now changes a child’s future forever.
Your first step is to learn more about foster care. In this meeting, our team will give you a basic overview of foster care, including who the children are, the goal of foster care, how the process works, and approaching it from a biblical perspective.
After you attend a Foster Care Info Meeting, a member of our team will schedule a session with you to dive deeper into your particular situation and the questions you have about fostering, specific to your family’s daily life.
We connect you with your local licensing agency to begin the process of becoming a licensed foster family. The licensing agency will provide you with the specific details including the application, background check, special training, and a health and home assessment.
We offer ongoing training, encouragement and connection that help foster families walk through foster care within a community, while building a strong trauma-informed approach for caring for children. Foster Connect help you move from theory to application.
Journey Groups are small groups led by our team that help you build connections and a system of support with others who are also walking the foster care journey. These groups take a deeper dive into a variety of relevant fostering topics.
Interested in learning more about foster care without any commitments or pressure? Sign up for one of our virtual Foster Care Info Meetings where you’ll learn about why children come into foster care and what it looks like to care for them. We’ll cover everything from the crisis and scriptural calling to the licensing process and services Child Bridge offers to help equip foster parents.
Foster parents are average people living out an extraordinary calling. Foster parents are electricians, teachers, doctors, stay-at-home moms and excavation workers. In Montana, you must be 21 years old to foster. You don’t need to own a house or have an excessive income, but you do need to be financially stable enough to support your family’s needs. You must be an individual who is ready to give a child opportunities to develop their full potential—physically, academically, socially and emotionally.
The steps for becoming foster parents may vary depending on whether you are licensed through the State of Montana, a therapeutic agency, or a tribe. We’re here to answer your questions on the process and in general these are the steps you can expect.
Visit the DPHHS website to learn more about the requirements to foster in Montana.
Get in touch with our team for more information regarding the foster care journey, how to begin the licensing process, and the equipping services we offer. To get started, we ask that you fill out our Family Application Form so we can learn how to best guide you through the process.get Started
Not everyone is meant to foster, but you can still do something.