There is no set standard for being a foster parent. Older adults, single people, or couples with or without children may care for children in foster care. Applicants should possess the ability to exercise sound judgment and demonstrate a responsible, stable and emotionally mature lifestyle. Couples in which both partners work may also be considered for foster parenting.

-You can be single, married, or domestic partners

-You can live in a house or apartment, but must have room to house a child

-You can work inside or outside the home

-You must be at least 21 years of age

-You must have sufficient income to support your family

-You must be able to physically care for a child

-You must pass a child abuse and criminal background check

Oregon welcomes and supports all families equally. Families of every race, culture, and ethnicity are needed to help children grow with a strong sense of racial and cultural identity. Applicants are considered regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.