Become a Foster Parent

Families transforming lives, impacting futures

At least 1 out of every 5 children placed at Bashor Children's Home have no parents involved in their treatment.  These children have no one willing to take them into their homes and may remain in residential care long after completing their treatment.  They often become frustrated, depressed, and increasingly hopeless about ever being a part of a family. We need foster parents who are willing to open their homes and lives and give these children the opportunity to graduate from high school, attend college, and simply be part of a family.  We also want these children to be given the opportunity to enrich the lives of foster parents by sharing in the newness and excitement of experiences and successes these children have never had.


How is Therapeutic Foster Care Different at Bashor?

  • Foster parents are trained in the specific needs of each child.
  • Foster parents receive ongoing support from people who know the child.
  • Foster parents get to know the child prior to placement.
  • Respite care is available to foster parents through other foster homes or emergency shelter care.  

Can you do it?

For more information contact Gary McRae at 574-875-5117 or gmcrae@bashor.org

Frequently asked Questions about Foster Care


Q: Do I have to have children of my own to become a foster parent? 

A: No. Many foster parents do not have children of their own.


Q: Can older or retired people become foster parents?

A: There is no maximum age for foster parents as long as they are in general good health as documented by their physician.


Q: Does each foster child have to have a separate bedroom?

A: The foster child must have his/her own bed. The bedroom must have at least 50 square feet of space for the child’s belongings.


Q: If I am a foster parent, can I be employed outside the home?

A: Yes, as long as the foster parent is able to meet the needs of the foster child.


Q: Do foster parents get paid to foster children in their home?

A: Foster parents receive $42 per day as a reimbursement to cover expenses.


Q: Will I be involved with the biological parents if I foster their child?

A: Foster parents may see and interact with the biological parents, especially when they transport children for visits, therapy appointments, or at school. Some foster parents may supervise and arrange visits between the parents and the child.


Q: What type of training will I receive before becoming a foster parent? 

A: All foster parents are provided 20 hours of initial training, plus10 hours of training on therapeutic issues. On a yearly basis foster parents receive an additional 20 hours of training. This will be arranged by Bashor.


Q: What is the age and characteristics of the children in foster care through Bashor? 

A: The age of children in foster care through Bashor Children’s Home will range from 12 to 19 years of age. All of the children will have therapeutic issues which they are addressing. These issues vary based on the unit from which they come.

Q: What type of support will foster parents receive?

A: They will meet with their case manager on a weekly basis. In addition, resources can be obtained 24 hours a day from the staff and supervisors at Bashor.