Families shouldn't feel nervous. The standards looked for in a home is really just general safety. We do have to check to make sure everything is safe. The state foes have some funds available to correct certain things to help meet licensing standards.
On any given day, Michigan has somewhere between 11,000 and 13,000 children in foster care. They come into foster care for a variety of reasons but at the end of the day it's because for some reason their parent was not able to care for them safely. Foster families provide a temporary safehaven for a child while their parents have a chance to get their lives back together so they can care of their child safely again.
Foster care is meant to be a temporary placement for children while we work toward returning them to their biological family. That time varies but on average anywhere between 12 months and two years. But it is really unique to each child. In some cases when children can't be returned to their family, they will become available for adoption which may extend the length of time they are in foster care.
One of the biggest reasons that families hesitate to step forward and become foster parents is because they are concerned about the additional cost of having another child in their home. The good thing is when a child comes into a family's home, they come with financial support based on their specific needs to help the family financially pay for anything the child needs.
When it comes to foster parenting, what time obligations can you expect? It's hard to answer because it depends on every child's needs. But parents should expect they will have to transport the child to school, appointments, parent visits, etc. We do our best to make sure the foster family is aware of what that time obligation will be like before placement.