Question: Can you be a foster parent if you are bipolar (is controlled and on medication and therapy)?
There is nothing in the regulations that states you cannot foster if you have a controlled medical condition. It is important that you add this question to the list of questions asked when interviewing/picking your agency.
Picking an agency is very important. A good agency is a support to foster parents. They help advocate, encourage, and resource the families they license. Each agency is a little different and can have their own guidelines that are in addition to the state regulations. Even if there are no state regulations on a specific medical condition, there may be agency specific regulations. For example, working parents are allowed to foster but, some agencies will not allow kids under a certain age to be in childcare. Or, some agencies will not license a family that owns a bully breed dog. After attending orientation, potential families take this next step and choose an agency. We are always available to families who have questions along the way.
If you would like to know more about becoming a foster parent, we hope you will visit https://fosterarizona.org/foster-adopt/
Thank you for your great question! If you have questions, send them to #youaskedfa or Kim@fosteraz.com