Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are some Frequently Asked Questions we’ve put together to help families educate themselves on child fostering. If your question isn’t answered here, please feel free to use our Contact Us Form to submit your question.

How do I become a member of NH FAPA?

All licensed foster and adoptive parents can become members of NH FAPA. NH FAPA also invites relative caregivers, and parents who have previously fostered or adopted to become involved with NH FAPA. Contact Mariellen MacKay, ED at to join our mailing list or click here to fill our our membership form: Join NHFAPA

How do I find out more information about becoming a licensed foster or adoptive parent?
If you would like to learn more about becoming a foster parent, contact the New Hampshire Division of Child, Youth, and Families at:603-271-4711 or 800-852-3345 ext 4711 or contact through the website at
I am a single parent. Can I become a foster parent?
Absolutely! Any adult who is interested in becoming a foster parent should contact NH DCYF. When licensing foster parents, NH DCYF works to ensure that potential foster families can work with birth families, can provide for a child, can advocate for the best interest of the child in care, and is a healthy, positive and loving family. NH DCYF does not discriminate based on race, religion, gender, family structure, or sexual orientation. Foster parents come from a variety of backgrounds!
How long does it take to become a licensed foster parent?
DCYF supports you throughout the licensing process. Typically, once you begin completing paperwork, the process takes 45-90 days- depending on how quickly you can arrange for fire and other inspections, complete your homestudy and other paperwork and complete your FACES coursework.