AN INTRODUCTION TO ADULT FOSTER CARE AND AFC HOME REQUIREMENTS
There is no age limit on caring.
Several of us are familiar with foster care for children in Alabama. But how
many of us realize that there are adults who need a foster home as well?
Through hardships or circumstances beyond their control, quite a few adults
find themselves in need of a “helping hand.” Some are elderly men and women
whose families are unable or unavailable to care for them. Others may be
elderly or disabled young adults living on their own and cannot care for
Are these adults any less deserving of our devotion and care simply because
they are older? Absolutely not. Foster care for an elderly or young disabled
adult not only warms their hearts and minds (as well as yours); it also
allows them to remain a vital part of our community.
WHO ARE ADULTS NEEDING CARE?
These individuals are:
ADULT FOSTER CARE HOME REQUIREMENTS
- Adults (age 18 and older) who cannot live alone nor with their natural
families due to risk of abuse, neglect or exploitation.
- Adults without families of their own, or have families that are unable to
care for them.
- Handicapped or elderly victims of abuse, neglect or exploitation.
- Adults that can live safely in a normal family home setting, but may require
assistance or supervision with dressing, feeding, hygiene or other daily
Your commitment and ability are the key ingredients.
Families or individuals interested in providing foster care for adults are
subject to an approval process. The main requirement is to have the ability
and desire to provide the type of care needed by the person served.
The following list will identify a few of the requirements for AFC
Care Minimum Standards
Email Adult Protective Services
- The prospective FC provider must be 18 years or older
- Must be able to read and write
- Must have a valid Alabama driver’s license and liability insurance on the
automobile. Must undergo training and receive the information necessary to
prepare for a rewarding experience.
- Must have a source of income other than that of the AFC client.
- Work must not interfere with providing care for the client.
- All household members must be willing to accept the AFC client
- The home must have telephone access and adequate space for the client
- Potential AFC provider must have a substitute care provider