Foster Care and Adoption

At Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City’s Crittenton Children’s Center, we believe every child has the right to grow up in a stable, loving home that meets all physical, emotional, and social needs. Unfortunately, some children in our community do not have a home that meets these basic needs. Crittenton Children’s Center’s foster care and adoption program works to place children in suitable homes, either temporarily or permanently.

Crittenton Children’s Center is actively seeking individuals and families that may be interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents.

Did you know?

Foster and adoptive parents:

  • Can be single or married
  • May or may not have children
  • Be a home owner or renter
  • May or may not have pets
  • Must be 21 or older

How to get started

Crittenton provides a wide range of services and resources for Missouri residents who are looking to provide a loving, stable environment for a child in need. Our goal is to help you fully understand the expectations of foster and adoptive parents and provide education and ongoing support to ensure you have a positive experience.

We'll begin the process by answering all of your questions and asking a few of our own. Prospective candidates are expected to enroll in a three-hour-per-week, nine-week training program.

A resource development specialist will visit your home to address common issues and misconceptions surrounding foster and adoptive parenting. During the nine-week program, our specialists will work with you to determine if foster or adoptive parenting is right for you. 

Take the next step

Ready to learn more about becoming a foster or adoptive parent? Fill out the form on this page and our team will get back to you within three business days with next steps.


Household members age seventeen and above


Children (0 – 16 yrs) in the household