Foster parents may work full time and have foster children over the age of 5 years. Some counties require that for children 5 and younger that an at home parent is available. Infants and toddlers need the full time care provided by an at-home parent.
Additionally, foster parents who work full time usually are not available when social workers need to place children in foster homes; and, full time employment restricts the time foster parents are available to foster children for whom they provide care.
Foster parents are also responsible for providing transportation to family visits, doctor visits, therapy visits as required by child’s needs. Consequently, a full time job may not be feasible unless alternative plans are developed.