Bethany Christian Services

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2142 Priest Bridge Drive
Suite 1
Crofton, MD 21114
United States

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DayHours
Monday 8 AM-5 PM
Tuesday 8 AM-5 PM
Wednesday 8 AM-5 PM
Thursday 8 AM-5 PM
Friday 8 AM-5 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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Being a foster parent is so much more than loving a child in your home. It’s also showing kindness to a family when they need it most.

It’s giving a child a safe place to land during a hard, scary time when they’re away from home. And it’s showing compassion to a parent who is likely overwhelmed, scared, and without a lot of support.

It’s helping a child stay connected to the only home they’ve ever known, in whatever way it’s safe to do so, and cheering on a family that’s living out a comeback story.

At Bethany, our heart beats for family. We want to see families strong, supported, and together. But we know there are times when families face challenges—and children need care.

That’s why we’re seeking foster parents who believe in families too.


Services and information

  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Respite Foster Care
  • Adoption

Requirements to become a foster parent

Understanding the licensing requirements is the first step, as they vary by state. In Maryland, potential foster parents must meet the following criteria:

  • 21 years of age or older
  • Live in a safe home, either a house or an apartment
  • Undergo a criminal background check and fingerprinting
  • Remain financially stable
  • Able to support a child financially
  • Undergo a medical examination
  • Attend a medical reexamination every two years
  • Provide three references
  • Attend necessary parent training/education courses
  • A minimum of two home visits by an approval worker
  • Child support clearance
  • No use of physical punishment allowed
  • Receive a fire inspection and health clearance from local departments

The foster care agency you work with will help you to meet these qualifications. They answer your questions, provide parent education training, conduct home visits, and more. As such, they'll be your first point of contact as you prepare for your first placement.

Remember that it will take time to go through the approval process. The home study takes the longest, consisting of lots of paperwork, interviews, inspections, etc. However, you'll be a licensed foster parent in Maryland when it's over.


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