Kids to Love: Applying to be a Foster Parent

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There are more than 6,000 children in foster care in Alabama waiting to be adopted.  If you are interested in adoption or foster care, do you know where to start?

It's as simple as answering a few questions online.

Go to and fill out an inquiry form.  The form asks for information like your name, address, and contact phone number, as well as the primary language spoken in your home.

There are other questions you can answer that will help social workers know if you have any specific requests regarding age and race.  When the form is complete, just click submit.

Your packet information will be mailed in 7 to 10 days, and you will be contacted by a social worker from your county.

Getting the information is just the beginning.  There are a lot of questions surrounding adoption and foster care and we want to help answer some of those.

One big question -- Do I have to be married to adopt?  The answer is no.  In 2010, 33 percent of children adopted from foster care were matched with single adults.