Foster and Adoptive Family Services

How to Become a Foster Parent in New Jersey

Become a Foster Parent in NJ

Become a Foster Parent
in New Jersey

Becoming a foster parent in New Jersey means making a real difference in the life of an abused or neglected child.

Do you want to change a child's life for the better? Here's how to become a foster parent in NJ:

  1. Fill out the form below, or call FAFS at 1-877-NJ-FOSTER: When you call, our Information Line staff will gather some general information regarding yourself and your family. They will also discuss what children you might be interested in fostering; some NJ foster parents like to care for infants, others prefer toddlers or teens. We look forward to hearing from you; contact us today.

    (If you are interested in adoption, click the link to learn how to adopt from foster care in NJ.)

  2. Read the information we send you: FAFS will send you a welcome packet explaining the nature of foster care, the children who need your help, and what is required when becoming a foster parent in NJ. The packet also includes information about DCP&P (formerly known as DYFS). Learn more today

  3. Attend an orientation: Get face-to-face answers to all your questions about becoming a foster parent in NJ. Orientation sessions are held throughout New Jersey, so you can attend one that's convenient to your home or work. Find out more

  4. Complete a homestudy and attend PRIDE (Pre-service) Training: DCP&P staff will visit you at home and get to know you and your family. At that time, a Resource Family Support Worker will advise you if there are any changes you need to make to your home to make it safe for a child in foster care. Once your homestudy is complete, you can enroll in PRIDE (Pre-service) Training. PRIDE Training will help you get ready to become a foster parent in NJ. You will learn about DCP&P policy, what fostering entails, and how best to welcome children into your home. DCP&P requires that you complete both the homestudy and the pre-service training so that you may become a foster parent, also known as a licensed resource parent, in NJ. Ready to begin?

Once you've become a foster parent in NJ, FAFS will always be here to help you.

We offer free foster parent training so that you can maintain your license, cope with the challenges and rewards that come with foster parenting, and better help the children in your care heal and thrive. FAFS also offers foster parent support groups in NJ - one in each county - as well as NJ foster parent support services available by phone at 1.800.222.0047. FAFS' foster parent community extends to Facebook and Twitter as well, so you can always get advice or assistance from FAFS and your fellow foster parents.

Are you ready to make a difference in the life of a child? Become a foster parent in NJ. Call 1.800.222.0047 or fill out the form below.

If you're interested in learning how to become a foster parent in NJ, please fill out the inquiry form below and we will contact you to answer all your questions. Please note: This form is not an application for becoming a foster parent; this is only an inquiry to receive information. State of New Jersey Manual of Requirements for Resource Family Parents. If you are NOT a New Jersey resident, please call 1.800.222.0047.