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Foster Care: Who Can Apply?

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Call 1-800-331-0503 or contact us on-line about foster parenting or adoption.


Foster adoption-who can apply  

No two families look alike

Families are as diverse as the children needing homes. Each has their own different life experiences, levels of education, income, occupations and lifestyles. Successful families are caring people who are ready to make a commitment to a child, and are open to learning new things.

  • You can be single, married, or domestic partners
  • You can live in a house or apartment, but must have a bedroom for a child
  • You can work inside or outside the home
  • You must be at least 21 years of age or older1
  • You must have sufficient income to support your family
  • You must be able to physically care for a child
  • You must pass a child abuse and criminal background check2


Oregon welcomes and supports all families equally. Families of every race, culture, and ethnicity are needed to help children grow with a strong sense of racial and cultural identity. Applicants are considered regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion or sexual orientation.

1There are individual circumstances, requiring management approval which may allow a relative applicant between the ages of 18 and 20 to be certified as a relative foster parent. 

2Applicants with criminal history will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Consideration will be given in light of the overall context of the offense.
Oregon law does not allow approval of any applicant with:

  • Any history or felony conviction involving endangering a child.
  • A felony conviction for violent crime, rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse or homicide
  • Any history of spousal abuse.