State Foster Care & Adoption

The number of children in state foster care is growing. Can you open your home to a child in need?

What are the basic requirements to become licensed in Missouri?

  • You must be at least 21 years of age
  • A citizen of the U.S. or a lawful immigrant
  • Free of child abuse or criminal history*
  • Married or Single
  • Employed or have reliable income
  • With or without birth children
  • Able to accommodate additional children in your home
  • Willing to attend a 9-12 week training program
  • Willing to participate in a home study
  • Willing to provide personal, employer and medical references
  • Complete a financial form

*Some offenses do not eliminate applicants

What does it cost for classes and to become licensed?

There is no fee associated with becoming licensed to foster or adopt. You may have to purchase items such as a fire extinguisher to meet licensing standards or pay for your medical exam which is necessary in order to become licensed.

State Assistance

You will receive monthly maintenance payments and a day care subsidy for working and schooling parents. Medicaid is available for all children in care.Children in foster care receive a clothing allowance and legal fees are paid for by the state for children adopted from foster care.


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Use the following link to start the application process.

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