5 Steps To Becoming A Walden Parent
Apply to Foster or Adopt
Call (800) 354-2184 or contact one of our parent recruiters to find out about attending an orientation.
Get an overview about what it’s like to be a Walden foster or adoptive parent at one of our orientation sessions. Orientation sessions are posted on our calendar of events.
Attend 30 hours of pre-certification training to help you understand why children and youth come into foster care, the trauma they experience, how to meet kids’ needs and handle crises, and how to partner with children’s birth families. You will also learn how to implement counseling strategies and treatment plans in collaboration with Walden social workers and therapists.
Participate in a home study, which creates an opportunity for you to learn even more about Walden and for us to learn about you and your family.
Complete paperwork and requirements, such as fingerprint clearances, and employment and income verification. Once you are approved or certified, you may focus on being a foster parent or adopt children who need permanent, loving homes. Many families who start fostering bond with a child and decide to adopt.