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


Join an orientation class to learn about foster care. Orientation is required and is a great way to learn more about foster care before you commit to the classes. Get started today by scrolling to the bottom of the page to view upcoming classes at a church near you.


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: First Baptist Montgomery

First Baptist Montgomery 305 S Perry St, Montgomery

First Baptist Montgomery Orientation: Wednesday, January 10 6-7:30 PM First Class: January 24th 6-9 PM There will be a spring break on March 27th and class will conclude April 3rd.

Foster Care Training: North Highlands Baptist Church

North Highlands Baptist Church 4851 15th Street Rd, Hueytown, AL

North Highlands Baptist Church Orientation: Tuesday, February 20, 2024, 6-8 PM First Class: Tuesday, March 5, 6-9 PM There will be a spring break on March 26 and class will

Foster Care Training: The Church at Brook Hills

The Church of Brookhills 3145 Brook Highland Pkwy, Birmingham, AL

This class is open to Jefferson, Shelby, Tuscaloosa, St. Clair, Blount, and Talladega County families. Orientation: Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 6-8 PM First Class: Wednesday, March 6, 6-9 PM There