THANK YOU for considering becoming a foster or respite parent!

Foster parenting is not an easy task. We are incredibly grateful for your interest in this mission field and your willingness to serve children, their families, and the Child Welfare System. At times, the tasks may seem tedious. We pray God’s truth and presence will encourage and renew you as you serve Him in this way.

God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them. – Hebrews 6:10

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. – 1 Corinthians 15:58

 

Alabama

The first step to becoming a foster parent is to attend an orientation meeting. This meeting does not commit you to fostering, but is a great place to learn more.

If you decide to pursue the licensure process, a 10-week foster parent training course follows. Through the course you will learn more about Lifeline’s Foster Care program, our partnership with DHR, the various requirements for licensure, including state-mandated training, the home study process, and Minimum Standards for Foster Homes.

To register for orientation meetings, please see below.


Asbury Church

980 Hughes Road Madison, AL 35758
This class is open to Madison, Morgan, and Limestone County families.
Orientation: Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 6:00-8:00 pm
First Class: Tuesday, March  2, 2021, and will continue for 10 weeks.

There is a skip week for spring break.
Classes will be from 6:00-9:00 pm
There will not be childcare provided for this class.

Register Here

If you have any questions, please contact Jessie.Jacobs@lifelinechild.org


Shades Mountain Baptist Church

2017 Columbiana Rd, Birmingham, Al 35216

This class is open to Shelby, Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, St. Clair, and Blount County families.
Orientation: Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 6:00-8:00 pm
First Class: Tuesday, March  2, 2021, and will continue for 10 weeks.

There is a skip week for spring break.
Classes will be from 6:00-9:00 pm
There will not be childcare provided for this class.

Register Here

If you have any questions, please contact Madison.Craft@lifelinechild.org


Homewood Church of Christ

265 W Oxmoor Road, Birmingham, Al 35209
This class is open to Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, St. Clair, and Blount County families.
Orientation: Thursday, March 18, 2021, 6:00-8:00 pm
First Class: Thursday, April 1, 2021, and will continue for 10 weeks.

Classes will be from 6:00-9:00 pm
There will not be childcare provided for this class.

Register Here

If you have any questions, please contact Sydney.Herman@lifelinechild.org


NorthPark Baptist Church
5700 Deerfoot Pkwy, Trussville, AL 35173

This class is open to Jefferson, Tuscaloosa, St. Clair, and Blount County families.
Orientation: Tuesday, August 24, 2021, 6:00-8:00 pm
First Class: Tuesday, September 7, 2021, and will continue for 10 weeks.

Classes will be from 6:00-9:00 pm
There will not be childcare provided for this class.

Register Here

If you have any questions, please contact Sydney.Herman@lifelinechild.org


South Carolina

There are more than 4,200 children in the foster care system in South Carolina, and only 2,600 licensed foster families.

Lifeline provides foster care licensing services to families in Charleston, Berkeley, and Dorchester counties. More than 200 foster and respite care families are needed in the greater Charleston area. If you live in another area, please attend our info meeting for more details and referrals to a licensing agency in your county.

Info Meeting Webinar Dates & Times:

  • June 29, 2020, 12:00 pm
  • July 27, 2020, 12:00 pm
  • August 12, 2020, 12:00 pm
  • Sept 9, 2020, 12:00 pm
  • October 12, 2020, 12:00 pm
  • Nov 11, 2020, 12:00 pm
  • Dec 2, 2020, 12:00 pm

Register here for an info meeting

Complete the pre-application

If you have any questions, please contact our team at defendersc@lifelinechild.org.


If you are interested in becoming licensed outside of Alabama or South Carolina, we’d love to serve you with our Fostering Hope resource as you connect with your local child protective services department.