Foster Care

Sometimes, difficult circumstances prevent a birth family from being able to provide for the needs of their children. When this happens, we step in. By ensuring a child has a warm, loving place to land, we can help them continue to grow and develop until a permanent plan can be determined.

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Our Impact


We care about the end goal: stability and permanency for children. Whether through reunification, guardianship or adoptions, it’s all about a child’s well-being.


Each of our specialists has a dedicated role within our program. Our families receive the expert support they need throughout the entire process.


Our comprehensive services include case management, education, advocacy, supportive service and clinical services.

The CHS Foster Care Process

  • 1. Application

    Online application and payment for the background check.

  • 2. Meet with a Specialist

    First interview with a CHS Specialist.

  • 3. Complete Training

    Complete a training class known as TIPS-MAPP (Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety and Permanence: Model Approach to Partnerships in Parents) in your area.

  • 4. Paperwork

    Completion of classes and paperwork.

  • 5. Approval

    Receive approval as a licensed foster home and discuss potential placements with your CHS Specialist.

  • 6. Congratulations!

    Your child is placed and welcomed into your home.

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Becoming a Foster Parent

Children entering foster care have often experienced trauma and may be dealing with difficult emotions. As a foster parent, you’ll receive trauma-informed training that can help you navigate these situations. We’re here to guide you throughout your time as a foster family … and help you determine if fostering is right for you.

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Foster Care Support

Through our 115+ years of experience, we’ve learned what foster families need, and we’ll be with you every step of the way. Our quality support, trauma-informed services and training opportunities can help support and guide you to meet the unique needs of a child in foster care.

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Foster Care FAQs

If you have questions, we can help. Contact us today.

  • Schedule a call with a Family Recruitment Specialist or attend an information meeting

  • The licensing process, on average, takes 4-6 months.

  • We work with our families as best as possible around their preferences and help to educate them on the need for sibling groups and children above the age of 9.

  • We offer the training throughout the year. Your specialist will work with you to make sure you are enrolled in a training that best suits your schedule.

Adoption with CHS

If you’re thinking about permanently expanding your family, consider adopting with CHS.

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Our community is vital to our success. Find out how your time, talent and resources can help more children find and experience loving families.

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