Foster Care

Basic Family Foster Care

Pathways contracts with the Department of Family & Protective Services (DFPS) and regional Single Source Continuum Contractors (SSCCs) to provide safe, nurturing foster homes for children navigating the foster care system.

Pathways licenses foster homes for children ages 0-17 and supports extended foster care for youth up to age 21. We provide extensive training and support to ensure foster families are ready and able to handle a range of situations. Fostering requires a high level of dedication, a willingness to work with our team, and a commitment to support a child on a daily basis when issues arise. The reward of helping a child is worth the work!

The safety and well-being of our children is of utmost importance, and our primary goal is to foster healing and growth in children placed in our care while working collaboratively to find the best, permanent home for the child.

Key Requirements

  • At least 21 years of age
  • Mature and responsible
  • Financially stable
  • Compassionate and patient with children
  • Suitable home with sufficient space
  • Ability to learn and work with a team
  • Able to commit to ongoing training

Since its inception, Pathways has helped place and care for over 11,000 children through its foster care program, including over 4,000 children who found their forever family through adoption.

Learn more about becoming a foster parent with Pathways.