Social Services

Social Services



TO BE LICENSED INCLUDE (but are not limited to):

1. Potential foster parents must participate in and complete 30 hours of pre-service training provided by the agency. Franklin County uses a curriculum called MAPP-GPS, or Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting-Group Preparation and Selection. The frequency and times for this training vary.

2. Potential foster parents must complete an application form and family profile.

3. The family’s home must receive and pass a fire and safety inspection arranged for by the agency.

4. All foster families must receive and pass an environmental safety check that is arranged for by the agency. If the family’s home is not on a public water system, the family’s home must receive and pass a water inspection arranged for by the agency.

5. Family members must have a physical examination and members over 18 must have a TB skin test.

6. All family members 18 years old and older must be fingerprinted in order for criminal record checks to be conducted locally, through the SBI and through the FBI. All adult members of the household who will be providing care for the children placed in the home must participate in the MAPP-GPS classes.

7. If the potential foster parents are a married couple, they must have been married for at least one year. Single applicants can be licensed as foster parents.

8. To be licensed, foster parents have to be over the age of 21.

9. Foster families need to have adequate income to financially support their own family without relying on the foster child’s board payment, as the board payment is designed to cover the essentials of room and board for the foster child. Foster parents may work as long as they are able to meet the basic needs of the foster child.

10. The foster family must have access to transportation and be willing and able to provide necessary transportation to meet the needs of the foster child. This includes medical and mental health appointments as well as assisting with transportation to visitation with the family.

11. The foster home must provide each child with their own personal bedroom space. The foster child can share a room with another child but must have adequate closet and dresser space to store their own personal belongings.

13. If there is a body of water on the property, a pond, lake or swimming pool, the body of water must have a fence surrounding it OR the home must have a fence surrounding it. The reason for this is that if a foster child was to walk out of any door in the home, the child must be in a safe area with a barrier between the child and the body of water. If there is an above ground swimming pool there must be a ladder that can be removed or placed in a locked position four feet from the ground. If there is an in-ground swimming pool, there must be a fence around the pool area. A fence surrounding the home or the