A licensed CALM foster home is a family home in which 24-hour care is provided to children who are in need of out-of-home placement.CALM foster parents will be TIPS-MAPP certified and will meet all standards set forth by the Department of Children and Families.

Requirements for becoming a foster parent will vary from state to state, but within the state of Kansas, they are as follows:

  • Be at least 21 years of age or older
  • Have reliable transportation
  • Agree to non-physical discipline for the child/children
  • Agree to a non-scheduled walk-through of your home
  • Full background check for everyone living in the household
  • Provide fingerprints for everyone over 14 years of age living in the household
  • Licensure through DCF
  • Work in a team environment with social workers and birth parents
  • Complete the TIPS-MAPP classes