We are thrilled you are eager to begin the ministry of foster care. It is a joy to know you desire to affect so many vulnerable children and their birth families with the Gospel. We are honored you have chosen Lifeline to help you reach this goal of fostering.

When we enter into a relationship with you, we are here to support, pray over, encourage, and equip you during each phase of your journey.

As God has called you to this ministry, we want to be your full-service, ongoing partner to enable you to fulfill His calling of family restoration.

Timeline for Alabama Foster Care Licensure

1.Orientation

Join an orientation class to learn about foster care. This does not commit you to fostering, but allows you to learn more. Get started today by scrolling to the bottom of the page to view upcoming classes at a church near you.

2.Meetings

Take part in the state mandated 10-week course on foster care.

3.Minimum of 2 Home Study Visits

You’ll receive one home study visit during the TIPS class and one at the end.

4.Portfolio Sent to DHR for Licensing

Once TIPS training and your home study process are complete, we will submit your file to DHR for licensure.

5.Begin Receiving Placements

After you are approved from the state, the next step is to wait until you are placed with a child who needs your care and love of Christ.

More Resources

Licensure Overview

Click the link below to find out more about what it will take to be licensed in your state.

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Training Courses

Sign up for our training course designed to teach you all you need to know to effectively become a foster parent.

View Upcoming Classes

Upcoming Alabama TIPS classes

Foster Care Training: Asbury United Methodist Church

This class is open to Madison, Morgan, and Limestone County families. Orientation: Tuesday, August 2, 2022, 6:00-8:00 pmFirst Class: Tuesday, August 16, 2022, and will continue for 10 weeks. Class will conclude on October 18th. Asbury United Methodist Church 980 Hughes Rd, Madison, AL…

Foster Care Training: Gardendale First Baptist Church

This class is open to Jefferson, Shelby, Tuscaloosa, St. Clair, Blount, and Talladega County families. Orientation: Tuesday, August 23, 2022, 6:00-8:00 pmFirst Class: Tuesday, September 6, 2022, and will continue for 10 weeks. Class will conclude on November 8th. Gardendale First Baptist Church  316…

Foster Care Training: Valleydale Church

This class is open to Jefferson, Shelby, Tuscaloosa, St. Clair, Blount, and Talladega County families. Orientation: Thursday, September 1, 2022, 6:00-8:00 pmFirst Class: Thursday, September 15, 2022, and will continue for 10 weeks. Class will conclude on November 17th. Valleydale Church 2324 Valleydale Road,…

Foster Care Training: First Baptist Church Tuscaloosa

This class is open to Jefferson, Shelby, Tuscaloosa, St. Clair, Blount, and Talladega County families.  Orientation: Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 6:00-8:00 pmFirst Class: Tuesday, September 27, 2022, and will continue for 10 weeks. Class will conclude on November 29th.  First Baptist Church Tuscaloosa  721…

Foster Care Training: Homewood Church of Christ

This class is open to Jefferson, Shelby, Tuscaloosa, St. Clair, Blount, and Talladega County families. Orientation: Monday, February 6, 2023, 6:00-8:00 pmFirst Class: Monday, February 20, 2023, and will continue for 10 weeks. No Class March 27, 2023 Class will conclude on May 1st….

Foster Care Training: Northpark Baptist Church

This class is open to Jefferson, Shelby, Tuscaloosa, St. Clair, Blount, and Talladega County families. Orientation: Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 6:00-8:00 pmFirst Class: Tuesday, January 31, 2023, and will continue for 10 weeks. No Class March 28, 2023 Class will conclude on April 11th….

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