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Foster Parent Requirements

To become an OYA foster parent, you must be:

  • At least 21 years old, or 25 if you are working with youth 18 and older.
  • A U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Able to pass a background check. If you have questions about the background check process, ask your county's certifier.
  • Emotionally mature and able to help youth build positive relationships and live independently.
  • Financially stable: OYA provides a monthly reimbursement to foster parents, but you must also show that you are financially stable without this payment.

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