Becoming a foster parent in the State of Illinois requires a license. This license is obtained from the state, through Hoyleton. Obtaining a foster care license takes an average of 3-6 months and involves several components including, but not limited to:
- An orientation meeting during which you will learn about Hoyleton and the needs of children who require a foster home. You will also learn about the foster care licensing process. In Illinois, families must receive a license before foster children come to live with them. Licensing ensures that children are placed with nurturing families and in homes that meet the standards set by DCFS.
- An application for licensure.
- Criminal background check with fingerprinting.
- Training classes (an average of 9-30 hours) provided by the agency.
- Home study and interviews. Before issuing a license, the agency will make sure that your home is a safe place for children. Generally, a foster home will:
- Be clean, well ventilated, properly lighted and heated, and free of fire hazards.
- Have a safe water supply and provide protection from poisoning and injury.
- Have room for a child.
- Have an operating telephone or quick access to a telephone