Foster and Adoptive Parent Services
Child Welfare Services


Thank you for your interest. This page will give you information about
what foster care is and who we are looking for to become foster parents.
Foster parenting is not only a form of community service,
it is a form of giving and sacrifice that results in the most rewarding
experiences one can hope for.

Who is in foster care?
Children in foster care have been removed from their homes due to
some form of abuse or neglect that posed a significant risk to their
safety. They are Montgomery County children and they come from all
backgrounds--a variety of social and economic backgrounds, from every
race, religion and nationality.  Their ages range from infancy to young adult.
These children are not orphans and have experienced significant
trauma. Foster parents are trusted to keep children safe while Child
Welfare Services works with the biological parents to put services and a plan in place
so that children will be safe upon reunification. Only if this plan cannot be
achieved is there a possibility of adoption.

Can I be a foster parent?
The most important qualification to become a foster parent is a
desire to protect children. The second most important is flexibility!
Since foster care is a government program, the requirements to become
a foster parent are mandated by law. We are not able to make exceptions.

Inquiry Form
If you would like to learn more about becoming a foster parent, please submit this inquiry form to our recruiters or call our Foster Parent Line at 240-777-1664.  You can also attend one of our monthly 
information meetings--see the calendar below.


Want to learn more? Download our foster parent information packet:
Brochure (PDF) 
Foster Parent Questionnaire (PDF)
Foster Parent Recruitment Flyer (PDF)

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Contact our Foster Parent Recruiters:
Foster Parent Recruitment: 240-777-1664

Please note that we follow Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) weather cancellations. If MCPS is closed the day of an information session, the information session will not take place and will be rescheduled.