Foster Care and Adoption

Lutheran Services Florida (LSF) offers a range of child welfare services with the overall mission of ensuring the safety and security of children, and strengthening and preserving families when possible.

HOW TO GET STARTED

  1. Call  1 (855) 933-KIDS (5437) and request to become a foster parent through LSF
  2. If you are ready for the committment, then you must complete a 30 Hour Pre-Service Parenting Program (once a week, 3 hours) called PRIDE
  3. All household members must pass an extensive criminal background screening
  4. The home must pass an environmental health inspection
  5. The home must be safe and have adequate space for additional children to reside
  6. The family must be financially stable and capable of providing for additional children
  7. The family must have reliable and safe transportation
  8. References provided must include: personal, professional, neighbor, family and school (for families with children living in the home)
  9. A licensing counselor will complete and in-depth assessment of the family called a “home study”

The process from the time of the inquiry until a family receives a license is different depending on the circumstances but averages 3-5 months. If you are interested in learning more about the process, please call  1 (855) 933-KIDS (5437) and request to become a foster parent through LSF or email leecofoster@lsfnet.org for an informational packet and schedule of classes in your area.

PRIDE orientations and trainings

June 10th

6-8pm
Keiser University
9100 Forum Corporate Pkwy, Fort Myers
class starts June 17th – July 22nd

July 18th

6-8pm
Crosspoint Church
204 SW 11th Place
Cape Coral
class starts July 25th – August 29th

September 9th

6-8pm
First Assembly Church
4701 Summerlin Rd.
Fort Myers
class starts September 16th-October 21st

November 4th

6-8pm
First Assembly church
4701 Summerlin Rd
Fort Myers
class starts November 11th-December 16th

Still have questions about how to become a foster parent in Lee County?

Fill out the information below and an LSF representative will be in touch with you with more information.

Contact us

Pinellas County
727-461-2990

Lee County
239-461-7640

Pinellas County
727-461-2990