How to Become a Foster Parent

We look for all types of families who can provide a supportive and stable home environment: single parents, married couples, families of color, empty nesters, homeowners, renters, and gay, lesbian, and bi-sexual parents. A disproportionate number of children of color enter the becomeafosterMontana child welfare system, and we provide culturally-appropriate services for these children. We also look for families who, when appropriate, will step up to offer a permanent home to a youth through adoption or by becoming their legal guardian.

Potential foster families must undergo a licensing/certification process that meets both Dan Fox Family Care Program and Montana State requirements. This includes getting background checks for all the adults in a household, filling out an application and other paperwork, attending foster parent trainings, having a home check, and completing an assessment. We also meet with you individually so you can learn more about fostering and so we can learn more about you and your family. This helps us determine the best fit for both child and your family.


Attend an Education Session

Frequently Asked Questions

Levels of Foster Care


For more information about foster care contact:

Bill NeavesFamily Developer, Dan Fox Family Care Program
515 S. Reserve Street, Suite 5
PO Box 7616
Missoula, MT 59807
Phone: 406-541-1664
Fax: 406-543-0356
bneaves@youthhomesmt.org