To become a licensed foster parent in the State of Arizona you must meet this 
minimum criteria:

  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Married, Single, Co-habitating, or Partnered
  • Have an adequate income to support your own family’s need.
  • Have a safe and gender/age appropriate living space for a child in foster care, including a permanent bed and dresser/closet space.
  • Provide personal references that can attest to your ability to interact with or take care of children.
  • Pass a criminal background check and obtain a Level 1 Fingerprint Clearance Card
  • Provide a physician’s statement verifying your emotional and physical health
  • Complete all pre-service training classes provided by Onward Hope, Inc.

Future Programs

  • Group Home, DDD & Mentoring

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Requirements to become a Foster/Adoptive Parent

Onward Hope, Inc. is a Child Placing and Licensing Agency and is contracted with the Arizona Department of Child Safety to provide Home Recruitment, Study,Supervision, and foster parent pre-service Training.


As an organization, Onward Hope, requires additional criteria:

  • Commit to Love
  • Be Patient with our Children and the system
  • Exhibit excellent communication skills
  • Be open to and trust the process, it takes 3-4 months
  • CPR/First Aid Training to be current for all foster/adoptive parents

Support offered

Arizona Department of Child Safety Support for Child(ren) in Foster Care:

  • Monthly Reimbursement
  • Respite Care
  • DES Approved Day Care
  • Health Insurance 

Onward Hope, Inc. Support:

  • On-Site Notarization and Fingerprinting Services
  • Free Advanced Education Training*
  • Free Childcare for all Advanced Education Training*
  • Foster & Adoptive Family Mentoring
  • A dedicated Family Support Specialist
  • 24-hour assistance
  • Quarterly Newsletter
  • Annual Spring Gathering and Holiday Event
  • Community/Organization Donations: This includes opportunities to receive blankets, diapers, clothing, toiletries, food, complimentary tickets to community and sporting events.
  • Support Groups
  • Foster and Adoptive Parents
  • Children in Foster Care
  • Biological Children