Welcome to the Arkansas Foster Parent website! The Division of Children
and Family Services (DCFS) recognizes that we could not take care of our
foster children without you, and we appreciate what you do for us every
day! We have created this website in an effort to better communicate
with our foster parents and keep you up to date with information that
you need to know. We want you to be able to access information any time
you need it!
With this website, DCFS hopes to have more informed foster parents who
feel like they are more than just a foster parent, but also part of a
team! We want to keep you up to date on policy/procedures that may
affect foster parents, news that may impact foster families, etc. There
are links to other sites that will be helpful for foster parents to
access, and the calendar of events will list upcoming dates of
More than anything, we want Arkansas Foster Parents to feel supported!
We appreciate the time and love that you give to foster children, and
DCFS couldn’t do this without you!
Right now, right here in Arkansas, there are children who need foster
parents. Some of them are older and some have brothers and sisters. They
have strengths and weaknesses, needs and worries, just like all kids do!
What they need right now is a parent like you who can help meet their
needs and take care of their problems.
you are a non-profit organization and would like to partner with DHS to
recruit and support foster family homes in your community, please call
Thank you for
serving our children as foster parents in Arkansas!
In an effort to
better serve the children in our care and to assist the families that
care for those children, DCFS has instituted the policy of conducting
licensing visits to each foster home.
foster homes will receive a visit from a Licensing Specialist at some
point during the year. Licensing Specialists are assigned to various
Areas of the state and will visit homes throughout the year. Your home
may be visited at anytime during the year.
If you have any
questions regarding licensing visits , please contact Kathy Mackay at (501) 268-2714, ext. 115 or
Peggy Poole at ext. 112.
For all other foster parent
information please go here:
Income Tax Information
Board payments paid to foster
parents are not considered taxable income by the Internal Revenue
Services. Current tax laws may allow special treatment for foster
parents. Because IRS laws are complex and subject to change from year to
year, for specific tax advice foster parents should refer to Publication
17, “Your Federal Income Tax”, or consult with an accountant or tax
Source: Arkansas DHS/Division of Children and Family Services/Foster