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.


First Baptist Sylacauga

This class is open to Shelby, Jefferson, Talladega, Tuscaloosa, St. Clair, Chilton, and Blount County families.
Orientation: Thursday, June 10, 2021, 6:00-8:00 pm
First Class: Thursday, June 24, 2021, and will continue for 10 weeks. Class will conclude on August 26th.

10 South Broadway Ave, Sylacauga, Al, 35150 
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

This class is open to Shelby, Jefferson, Talladega, Tuscaloosa, St. Clair, Chilton, Morgan, Cullman, 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.

5700 Deerfoot Pkwy, Trussville, AL 35173
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


Church at Brook Hills

This class is open to Shelby, Jefferson, Talladega, Tuscaloosa, St. Clair, Chilton, Morgan, Cullman, and Blount County families.
Orientation: Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 6:00-8:00 pm
First Class: Wednesday, September 15, 2021, and will continue for 10 weeks.

3145 Brook Highland Parkway, Birmingham, AL 35173
Classes will be from 6:00-9:00 pm
There will be childcare provided for this class.

Register Here

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


First Baptist Church

This class is open to Shelby, Jefferson, Talladega, Tuscaloosa, St. Clair, Chilton, Morgan, Cullman, and Blount County families.
Orientation: Thursday, September 2, 2021, 6:00-8:00 pm
First Class: Thursday, September 16, 2021, and will continue for 10 weeks.

721 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
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 Cara.Loy@lifelinechild.org


Homewood Church of Christ

Barring any unforeseen circumstances and Covid concerns, Homewood Church of Christ will host the following class:

This class is open to Shelby, Jefferson, Talladega, Tuscaloosa, St. Clair, Chilton, 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.

265 W Oxmoor Road, Birmingham, Al 35209
Classes will be from 6:00-9:00 pm
*There will not be childcare provided for this class.

Registration is closed

If you have any questions, please contact Quincy.Thompson@lifelinechild.org

Texas

Texas foster care classes are a partnership with Buckner International. These classes are primarily for those interested in adopting a child from the foster care system.

The first step to becoming an adoptive parent for a child in foster care is to attend an orientation meeting. This meeting does not commit you to fostering or adopting, but is a great place to learn more.

If you decide to pursue the licensure process, a 6-week foster parent training course follows. Through the course you will learn more about the foster care adoption program, our partnership with Buckner, the various requirements for licensure, including state-mandated training, the home study process, and Minimum Standards for Foster – Adopt  Homes.

Upcoming orientation details will be posted soon.

If you have any questions, please contact Caroline.Smith@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:

  • April 7, 2021, 12:00 pm
  • May 5, 2021, 12:00 pm
  • June 16, 2021, 12:00 pm
  • July 21, 2021, 12:00 pm
  • August 18, 2021, 12:00 pm
  • September 15, 2021, 12:00 pm
  • September 29, 2021, 12:00 pm
  • October 13, 2021, 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.