Foster Care

Children of All Nations is seeking 2-3 families in the Austin area to provide temporary love and care to newborn infants while they await permanent placement in adoptive homes.  Through CAN’s Domestic Adoption program, birthmothers make the brave and loving decision to place their child into the care of an adoptive family who can provide for the baby in ways she wishes she could.  If this is a last-minute decision, CAN calls upon a local foster family, or “transitional family,” to provide short-term care for the baby until an adoptive family is contacted and present to receive the baby.  Typically this transitional care lasts anywhere from a few days up to a few weeks, but may be longer for special circumstances.

Children of All Nations encourages those with the following qualifications to apply:

  • Affirms the brave decision of birthparents and seeks to provide love and transitional care for an infant until he/she is placed with a forever family.
  • Ability to provide for the continual physical needs of an infant
  • Must be at least 25 years of age and married for 2 years, if married.
  • If two children in the home are under 18 months (foster or biological); may not have more than 2 other children under 6 years old

Transitional Families additionally will:

  • Receive daily compensation from CAN at a rate of $50/day
  • Provide for the daily costs associated with caring for an infant
  • Participate in a home screening verification by CAN (includes Fire, Health &      Safety Inspection)
  • Complete criminal background checks
  • Have a tuberculosis check
  • Complete an Orientation & 8 hours of Pre-Service Training
  • Attend classes in First Aid and CPR
  • Maintain 20 hours of annual training

 Apply online for free using this Foster Care application

General Requirements of Applicants

  • Foster parents must be at least 25 years of age
  • If married, they must be married at least two years
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • The foster home must be the primary residence of the foster family
  • The primary caregiver must be able to provide continual care for an infant
  • Three personal references stating good moral standing and character
  • Financially stable and responsible
  • Must have a criminal history check and central registry check with a finding of no offenses
  • All members 14 years and older must have a finger print check
  • Primary caregiver should be in good physical health, free of behavior or health issues that could endanger children. No one living in the home may be a smoker.
  • A tuberculosis test of a negative result for all members of a foster family
  • Be in good physical, mental, and emotional health
  • Be committed to affirming and acknowledging the decision of birthparents
  • Attend Orientation with Children of All Nations
  • Attend 8 hours of Pre-Service training
  • Attend First Aid and CPR training
  • 20 hours annual training to maintain foster home verification

General Requirements for Home Screening

  • Individual interviews with everyone over the age of 3
  • Group interview with all family members
  • Copy of high school diploma, GED or proof of equivalent
  • Drivers license to verify age
  • Marriage certificate, if married
  • Statement from physician verifying health of primary caregiver, and TB results from all household members
  • Clear criminal and central registry check on all persons 14 years and older
  • Clearance from the FBI check on all household members 18 years and older
  • For a two-parent family, a foster home will have no more than six (6) children at any one time – whether the family’s biological/adoptive children and/or foster children.  A single-parent home may care for a maximum of five children in the home.
  • A foster home will have no more than two infants at a time
  • If two children in the home are under 18 months (foster or biological); may not have more than 2 other children under 6 years old
  • Infants may share a bedroom with a caregiver for close proximity and monitoring
  • Must have a crib/bed for each foster child
  • No child over the age of six may share a room with a child of the opposite sex
  • Pet vaccinations
  • Fire, health and safety inspections
  • Floor plan of the home
  • Sketch or photo of outside area of home


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