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  • Completion of required agency adoption forms.

  • Medical information completed by a physician, including a TB test. If disabling medical/mental health condition exists, letter from physician is necessary.

  • Currently resides in the state of Mississippi.

  • Married couples shall have a legal marriage of at least 2 years and marriage/divorce must be verified. Single adults are also encouraged to apply.

  • Applicants must be between the ages of 21 and 65 years.

  • Child Abuse Registry checks for all household members 14 years and older.

  • Local law enforcement clearance for household members 14 years and older.

  • References for employment and character.

  • Fingerprinting of all members of household 14 years and older.

  • Approved sanitation and water system.

  • Home visits and interviews with all household members.

  • Life story and written exercises of applicants.

  • Active telephone service in the home (cell or land line).

  • Smoke detectors on all levels and a minimum of five (5) pound ABC type fire extinguisher.

  • Minimum income that proves applicant is self-supporting and could financially meet the needs of any additional family member. Income must be verified.

  • Transportation available always in a properly maintained, registered, and inspected vehicle.

  • Automobile liability insurance and provide child appropriate vehicle restraints.

  • Valid driver's license.

  • Participate in at least twenty-four (24) hours of pre-service training.

  • Family is required to be certified in CPR/First Aid and Blood Borne pathogens.

  • Family is required to be trained in car seat installation.

  • Child must have his/her own bed, and no adult or child of the opposite sex may sleep in the same room with him/her. 

  • Medical insurance coverage for family members or a contingency plan in the event of major medical expenses. 

  • Home may have no more than three (3) Foster children and no more than a total of five (5) children, including biological, foster, or adopted children.

  • A contingency plan for the child in the event of disability or death of parent.

  • Family will have to show ability to arrange time, travel, etc. for pre-placement visits. 

  • Must attend at least one support group meeting prior to placement of a child.

  • Must attend mandatory monthly support group meeting on a regular basis.

  • Continuing education hours will be obtained every year to include topics important to the care of the children place within the family. 

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