Dispelling the Myths about Becoming a Foster or Adoptive Parent

Created by the Michigan Federation for Children and Families

5 Myths about Fostering and Adoption

  1. Adopting is expensive. Costs related to adoption vary. Voluntary, direct consent and international adoptions involve multiple cost factors- each adoption will be different. The cost to adopt a child from foster care is minimal, and some portion may be reimbursable. Any adoption expense not otherwise reimbursable may qualify for a federal income tax credit.
  2. You must have a substantially high income to adopt a child. Even if you receive some form of financial aid, you may still be eligible! You must be able to meet the needs of your family.
  3. You must have a large home to be a foster parent. You do not even need to own your own home. Typically, a rented home or apartment will meet licensing requirements as long as there is adequate and safe bedroom space per child.
  4. As a foster parent, you do not have a choice in the child/children you take into your home.You and the agency caseworker will spend time together to assure the right match is made between yourself and the child.
  5. You cannot be employed outside the home and also be an adoptive or foster parent.Many adoptive and foster parents also have full-time jobs. You may apply for day care payments for the time you are working or continuing your education.

To learn more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent in your community, please contact U.P. Kids!

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