Become a foster parent

What is foster care?

Foster care is temporary care provided to children who have been removed from their home due to abuse or neglect. As a foster parent, you are a team member in the family's reunification efforts and provide a child with the guidance, nurturance and safety you would give your own children. In return, we provide you with support services to help you address that child's individual needs until he or she can return home, be adopted or live independently. As a foster parent, you are responsible for the day-to-day care of a child. You provide a safe place to live, food and clothing, and transportation to family visits, medical and dental visits and therapeutic services as needed.

To Become a Foster Parent you must:

Certification Process

LENGTH OF PROCESS: The licensing process takes approximately 4 to 6 months for highly motivated individuals and families. A New World believes the best decisions are made through a thoughtful process, and we are committed to progressing through the licensing process in this timeframe barring any outside circumstances.

COST: A New World is committed to making foster care available to providers from diverse backgrounds; therefore, we are one of few agencies that do not charge a licensing fee. Prospective foster parents will be required to pay for fingerprinting ($10), a CBI/FBI background check ($39.50), and the Background Investigative Unit ($15). CPR/First Aid certification usually costs $40 to $50.

APPLICATION: The first step toward becoming a licensed foster parent is to complete an application which includes the initial application, background check forms, and basic policies and procedures to be reviewed and signed. Contact Doris Gaines at or 303-743-4000 to get started!

BACKGROUND CHECKS: To be completed by all members of the household 18 years of age or older.  The Background Investigation Unit Form ($15) will be completed by applicants to determine if a family has been founded for child abuse and/or neglect by a Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) county office.

A fingerprint card (provided by A New World) will need to be taken by the applicant(s) to a police department for printing. The fingerprinting card costs $10 and the background check costs $39.50. The fingerprint card is then submitted to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. All arrests are listed, whether an applicant was convicted or not. The applicant will be instructed to provide a disposition on any arrest in order to determine how the case was closed. Deferments are considered guilty convictions by the CDHS.

According to Volume VII of the Colorado Children's Code, A New World CANNOT license a foster parent who has been convicted of child abuse, a crime of violence, felony offenses involving unlawful sexual behavior, any domestic violence felony, any physical assault, battery and/or drug/alcohol related offenses within 5 years.

REFERENCES: Three (3) letters of reference from people who are un-related to you.

PHYSICALS: Current physical for everyone in your home, including children (physical forms will be provided by A New World). 

PETS:  Proof of vaccination for your pets must be submitted.

CPR/FIRST AID CERTIFICATION: Certification must include both adult and infant/child.

REQUIRED TRAINING: Twelve (12) hours of foster parent CORE training must be completed prior to licensure. An additional fifteen (15) hours of training must be earned within the first 90 days of licensure. Ongoing training is also required as a part of the re-certification process. A New World offers free trainings throughout the year to help foster parents meet these requirements and address their specific development needs.

FAMILY ASSESSMENT: A SAFE Home Study will be completed by agency staff. The SAFE Home Study is a requirement of all potential foster and adoptive parents in the State of Colorado and is facilitated in a consistent, uniform manner, as individuals who have completed the SAFE training can only complete it. The SAFE Home Study process is our way of getting to know you and your family over an extended period of time, with at least three (3) visits in the family home. The Home Study process is the last step in becoming licensed and can take up to 45 days for completion. All background checks must be received prior to initiating the home study process. Contact Melissa Shaw at for more information.

PHYSICAL SPACE: A safety inspection will also be conducted by agency staff. This is one of the first steps, giving potential foster families plenty of time to ensure their home is ready for children. Agency staff will ensure each bedroom has adequate square footage for the number of foster children expected to live in the home, emergency numbers are visibly posted, fire extinguishers and smoke detectors are present in the home, all areas have been "baby proofed" as needed, etc.



    Kinship care is when someone in the child's own family or loved one provides a home for them to prevent the child from being placed in foster care. Living with a loved one is less traumatic for a child and the preferred option for placement when a child cannot remain with their parents.


    The length of a child's stay in your home is dependent on the complexity of the family's circumstances – sometimes it takes only days, other times it may be months or even years.


    No, foster children are required to attend public school. If you adopt a child, once the adoption is finalized, you are free to home-school that child.


    No, foster children are required to attend public school. If you adopt a child, once the adoption is finalized, you are free to home-school that child.

Why ANW?

For potential foster parents...

We are thrilled that you and your family are interested in embracing this challenging, yet rewarding work. Foster parenting is a huge commitment that requires patience, caring, and sincere involvement. The opportunity to provide children with a nurturing and stable environment during one of the most challenging times in their life is not to be taken lightly.   It is our commitment to ensure the proper training, knowledge, and support is available at all times to aide in your success through:

- Comprehensive pre-placement orientation and training designed to provide you with the tools to properly care for the children in your home
- 24 hour on-call support
- A case manager to support and guide you through the foster care process from beginning to end
- On-going training opportunities

A New World is so pleased and extremely grateful that you are considering our agency to start this wonderful foster care experience. We look forward to working with you!

For Caseworkers

A New World provides nurturing, structured therapeutic foster care homes, group homes and group centers for children who are:

- Abused
- Abandoned
- Removed from home
- Medically fragile
- Special needs, i.e. developmental disabilities, emotional, psychological or behavioral problems

We accept children ages 0 to 18 and over 18 to 21 through placements. Our highly professional staff focuses on developing open and honest communication with county caseworkers. We offer 24-hour on-call support for our providers and will take calls for placement at all hours. Every attempt will be made to meet the child at the home at the time of placement to ensure a healthy and supportive transition. Attention is on quality not quantity!!

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