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Your Love is Enough

Opening your home to a child in foster care is an incredibly rewarding and worthwhile experience.
You’ll provide love and security during a difficult moment in the child’s life, making a profound difference
in their future. Good Shepherd’s team is here every step of the way through training, matching with a
child, and personalized, round-the-clock support.

Click here for real-world insights about foster care on Good Shepherd’s blog.


Becoming a Foster Parent


There are a few requirements to become a foster parent:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have a safe house or adequate space for the child
  • Be willing to undergo child abuse and criminal history background checks
  • Be in generally good physical and emotional health
  • Be financially stable
  • Be of good moral character
  • Be willing and able to accommodate and care for additional children in your home
  • Partner with the child’s biological family as needed


The process of becoming a foster or adoptive parent usually takes a minimum of 4 months and includes:

  • Completion of a home study with a Family Development Specialist
  • Attending MO CARES training (10 three hour classes taught over 10 weeks)
  • Completing a background screening
  • Participate in home evaluations and medical screenings
  • Obtain character references including employment, school, and personal references


There are a variety of services and support available to foster families. Our Fostering Faithful Families ministry reaches out to churches in the hopes of educating the community about the needs of children in foster care.

  • Monthly stipend to help with expenses related to the child
  • Missouri Healthnet to cover the child’s medical expenses including Mental Health Services
  • Yearly clothing allowance depending on the child’s age
  • Day care services at approved centers for foster children up to age 13
  • Training and support groups offered by local agencies
  • Ongoing support of staff who are trained to help with any situation you’ll face

Levels of Care

Traditional & Medical

Children are any age from birth to 21


  • Traditional: 30 hours of MO CARES training
  • Medical: MO CARES training + medical training specific to child’s needs

Elevated Needs

Level A

Children are often ages 6-21 and have moderate emotional/behavioral needs.


  • MO CARES training + 18 hours of Level A elevated needs training

Level B

Children are often ages 6-21 and have severe emotional/behavioral needs.


  • 30 hours MO CARES training
  • 18 hours Level A training
  • 12 hours Level B training
  • Requires 1 year experience providing care to a child with mental health/behavioral needs

Treatment Foster Care

Children are often ages 10-21 and are pregnant teens, parenting teens, youth stepping down from residential care, or youth with severe emotional/behavioral needs.


  • 30 hours MO CARES training
  • 18 hours Level A training
  • 12 hours Level B training
  • 4 hours Treatment training


Click here to fill out our Foster Parent Interest Form

or call us at 314-854-5716 to learn more.