Becoming a Foster Parent

Thank you for considering fostering a child or teen in New Hampshire. The steps to becoming a foster parent are outlined here.

Foster parents give children and teens a temporary place for healing and an extended family to lean on until they can return to their own family.  NH children in foster care need all types of families who can provide 

  • Emergency or crisis care,
  • Respite or short-term care, 
  • Have or willing to learn the skills to help a child or teen reunify with their family or teach skills to a teen for a successful young adulthood.

A foster parent is part of a team that helps to keep a child or teen safe and ensures their wellbeing while reunification efforts and permanency is moving forward. Others who are part of this team are:

  • Parents and family members
  • Supports to the child/teen and family
  • DCYF staff 
  • CASA worker
  • Court system
  • Schools
  • Mental Health system

NH Law RSA 170-E:27 requires all non-related caregivers to be licensed as a foster parent. 

NH Rule He-C 6446 governs the process for foster family care licensing.


Are you ready to get started? 

During your application process, you will be required to complete an application packet, safety checks and ensure all standard eligibility requirements are met:

  • Foster/Adoptive Parent Application (linked above)
  • Fingerprints (18+)
  • Local Police Check (18+)
  • Registry of Criminal Offenses
  • Financial Statement
  • Medical Records Release
  • Fire Inspection
  • Health Inspection
  • Central Registry Check(18+)
  • 5 References
  • Insurance and Safety Verifications
  • Pre-Service Training
  • Home Study

 Print out a handy checklist for your application process.