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KYTX in Texas created this video outlining the steps to becoming foster parents and to adopting. Similar to the Texas state website, each state will talk you through the process of fostering. Those who are considering becoming foster parents should be prepared for a home study which includes a background check, checks into family safety and meeting children’s needs, and discussing disciplining methods.

Oftentimes, because caseloads are so high, the qualification process seems long. But the states would encourage you to be patient and follow through with all that is required. More loving, safe foster homes are needed everywhere.