Foster Care Services

Are you ready to change the life of a child in need through Foster Care or Adoption?  


Become part of the Gateway Children's Services Family today.
We’ll be there when you need us.

Send us your Foster Parent Application today!

Gateway Children's Services Therapeutic Foster Care & Adoption Program

We offer 

  • Foster Parent Certification Classes
  • Medically Complex Foster Care
  • Therapeutic Foster Care
  • Adoption Services

We provide

  • Free pre-service and ongoing training opportunities
  • In-home services including case management, therapy supervisory visits and more
  • 24 Hour Support (Emergency On Call Phone number for after-hours, weekend and holidays)
  • Daily care reimbursement based on the child’s age and behavioral needs
  • Recruitment bonuses for referrals of new foster parents
  • Respite care if you need time away

Who Can Foster?

We have very diverse group of committed foster families at Gateway Children's Services.  As a foster parent, you can have a traditional or non-traditional family, rent or own your home, be married or single, male or female, and you can have children of your own or no children.  Contact us today to see if you're a good fit to join our Gateway Family today!

Foster Parent(s) Must:

  • Live in Kentucky
  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Have a valid driver’s license
  • Have space for another child in their home
  • Complete background checks
  • Attend free specialized trainings in and outside your home
  • Be able to provide a safe, supportive and stable home environment
  • Have a love of children and desire to parent those in need

If you have more questions, please call 859.498.9892 or email us to learn more.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

What is foster care?

Foster care is a temporary living arrangement for children who need a safe place to live when their parents or another relative cannot take care of them. The foster family and Gateway Children’s Services staff work together to return children to their own homes as quickly as possible in cases where the child becomes free for adoption, foster parents may be considered as adoptive parents.

Why do children need foster care?

Foster parents are the most important resource we have to give the children we serve by providing a safe, loving home to children and teens who are unable to remain with their own families due to:

  • Illness
  • Family breakdown (sickness, death, substance use/abuse, behaviors)
  • School issues
  • Relationship issues
  • Neglect or abuse that threatens their well-being

What kind of children will I be fostering/What kind of children will be in my home?

As a foster parent you may give a home to a newborn or to a 21-year old child trying to get into college, needing extra support and a safe place to stay.  These children and teens have been removed from their homes or are not able to return to their own homes for various reasons, such as illness, family breakdown, school issues, relationship issues, neglect or abuse that threatens the welfare of the children.  Each child has their own unique “story”, and you taking part in that can change their life forever.

What does it cost to foster a child?

As a foster parent you will receive financial assistance for having foster children in your home.  Depending on the age and needs of the child compensation rates vary; travel over 40 miles one way and other approved expenses are also compensated.

What are the benefits of being a foster parent?

There are too many to list but the best partof being a foster parent is having the satisfaction of making a difference in the life of a child or teen that would otherwise not have the opportunity to have a new beginning.  You have ongoing training, supervision, and support 24/7.  You are reimbursed to cover basic needs of the child, as well as receiving reimbursements for other expenses related to foster care.

How does being a foster parent help?

As a foster parent you protect children who have been separated from their families.  You are able to give these children or teens a healthy family life experience, that some or most have never had.

What does it take to be a foster parent?

To be a foster parent it is important that you have a heart for children.  These children and teens are hurting and need a safe and stable environment.  They need someone who will ensure their safety, show them love, help guide them, and show them support.

Start your Foster Parent Application today! 

Applications are available in PDF and WORD formats.  Please call 859.498.9892 or email us to request a printed application with additional information in the mail.

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“What greater reward could there be than to give new life to a child; especially to a child who has been hurt or damaged by the mistakes of adults who were supposed to be the child’s love and support system.  To be able to help a child learn to trust and love again is quite a reward in itself.”

– Sister Delores

This wall reminds me of myself, still standing but worn, with missing pieces and covered in patches to hide its flaws.  Protecting the many cracks from vulnerability from the outside forces.  Multicolored with years of adding strength to it, just to protect it from caving in on itself, but all the while ruining its solid, beautiful color to what others may see as another ugly wall.  But this wall reminds me of me.