Foster Hope
Foster or Adopt a child

Core Functions

Core functions provided by the Safe Children Coalition are:

  • Case Management
  • Foster Care
  • Adoptions
  • Independent Living
  • Prevention-Diversion
  • Quality management &
  • Community & Client
  • Data Services & Client

Become a Foster Parent

The Safe Children Coalition is looking for families in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties who are able to provide safe, stable, nurturing homes for children in foster care due to abuse, neglect or abandonment.

Families who can open their homes to provide temporary care for foster children are needed, recognizing that many will eventually return home to their birth families. There are currently over 300 children in foster care in Sarasota, Manatee, and DeSoto counties. They range in age from birth through 17 and many are part of a sibling group. All of them deserve a safe home.

The Safe Children Coalition uses a Family Centered Practice approach to engage birth families and give the best possible chance to strengthen the birth family bond and resolve the conflicts that brought the family to us in the first place.

Steps to Become a Foster Parent

  1. Inquire by calling the recruitment line at 1-866-661-5656 or Click here to complete our inquiry form. Someone will contact you within one business day and you will be provided information regarding the dates and times of the next Information meeting.
  2. Attend an Orientation/Informational meeting. This is your opportunity to learn more about foster care and decide if this is right for you and your family. Orientation/Informational meetings are held monthly. Click here for a schedule of upcoming Orientation/Informational meetings.
  3. Participate in a training and selection class called Professional Parenting and complete 30-hours of curriculum. Professional Parenting classes are provided free of charge and are currently being held at multiple sites on various days and times. Generally, you will attend Professional Parenting one night a week for ten weeks. You will learn more during Orientation/Informational meeting. Click here for a schedule of upcoming Professional Parenting classes.
  4. Satisfy background screening requirements. The Safe Children Coalition will assist you with this process. Generally you and all your household members must undergo local law, FBI/FDLE and abuse registry clearances to determine eligibility.
  5. Complete your foster paperwork and home study. Again, you will learn more about these requirements and the process during Orientation/Informational meeting.
  6. Foster Care Licensing & Placement Once all requirements are met, your home will be licensed for foster care. Placements will be made based on your profile and on the profile of the child to be placed.