Foster State Requirements

Mississippi foster and adoption guidelines

Every child deserves a home. Adults also need the connections that a family brings. Please let us help you on your adoption and foster journey.

On this page:
  • State contact information
  • Foster and adoption licensing requirements
  • Costs to foster and adopt
  • Agency contact and orientation information
  • Parent support groups
  • Information on Mississippi’s children

State contact information

Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services
Foster/Adoption Information Hotline
Phone: 769-798-3586

Foster and adoption licensing requirements

Minimum requirements include:

  • Completion of required agency forms.
  • Medical information completed by a physician.
  • You can be single or married.
  • Verification of marriages and divorces, if applicable.
  • Currently, reside in the state of Mississippi.
  • Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Child Abuse Registry checks for all adults in the home.
  • Police record clearance for all adults in the home.
  • References for employment and character.
  • Sanitation and water inspection, if not on approved system.
  • Home visits and interviews with all household members.
  • Active telephone service in the home.
  • Smoke alarm and no less than a four-pound ABC-type fire extinguisher.
  • Minimum income that proves applicant is self-supporting and could financially meet the needs of an additional family member.
  • Transportation available at all times.
  • Participate in at least 15 hours of pre-service training.
  • The child must have his or her own bed, and no adult or child of the opposite sex may sleep in the same room with him or her.
  • Life insurance coverage for family, child and a plan for the child in the event of disability or death of the parent.

To learn more about requirements or to get started, please visit our “become a foster/adoptive parent” web page. If you scroll down to the middle of the page, you will see the foster/adoption application for single people and the foster/adoption application for married people.

To get started, you must complete the application online.  www.mdcps.ms.gov/rescue100

Costs to foster and adopt

There are fees involved for home studies completed by some private agencies. However, many families use low-cost or almost no-cost adoption and foster options every year.

Agency contact and orientation information

Rescue 100 is a collaborative effort between the Mississippi Dept. of Child Protection Services (MS DCPS), the courts, and houses of worship across the state.  These organizations work together to streamline the process for foster families. For example, after using the application form we mentioned above, we hope that you will attend an orientation session.

Information on Mississippi’s children

Approximately 5,000 Mississippi children are in care right now.  Some are in foster homes or relative placements already.

In June 2018, there were approximately 75 children in Mississippi waiting for adoption.

How to adopt and foster