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Requirements for becoming a foster parent vary on state-by-state basis. State agencies are responsible for placing children in foster care and ensuring their safety. The state must do what is in the best interest of the child. Requirements for becoming a foster parent may include being over the age of 21, undergoing a complete background check, complying with laws and codes regarding homes, completing an application for a family home license and passing a home inspection. In many states training and certification is required. Once completed, the foster care applicant may be approved or denied a license. This process takes approximately 90 days.