Foster Parent Training

Foster Parent Training

Train with Gateway and become a game changer for Alabama children and families as a foster parent.

There are more than 6,300 children in Alabama's foster care system, with only 1,200 homes to support them.  We are determined to train as many loving foster parents as possible who will open their hearts and their homes to children in need.  Become a foster parent and receive your training through Gateway. 

COVID-19 Update

While there are no group classes scheduled at this time, we are offering one-on-one, ONLINE foster parent training.  Click the link below to apply and find out more.


Why foster parent with Gateway?

Hear from one of our former foster parents and current foster parent trainer, Pat Cockrell.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Question Answer
How long is regular training? Once per week for 11 weeks.
How long is one-on-one, in-home training? Once per week for 6 weeks.
If the upcoming class time does not work for me, is there another option? Call us, and we can explore other class-time options.
What is the cost for training? It's free!
Is it ok if I am single? Yes!
Is it ok if I live in an apartment? Yes! So long as the lease is in your name, you have renters insurance and there is an extra bedroom for the child.
How old do I have to be? 25.
Will I be trained in all state requirements to become a licensed foster parent in Alabama? Yes!