Basic requirements for becoming a foster parent

What are the basic requirements?

  • Available space in your home
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Valid source of income
  • Reliable transportation

Who can become a foster parent?

  • Single adults over 18+
  • LGBTQ adults 18+
  • Resource family recruitment and approval division welcomes families of all sizes, ages, racial backgrounds, ethnicities, sexual orientation, gender identities, domestic partnership status, medical status, disability status, national origins and beliefs to become resource families.
  • Be single, married, divorced, or living with a partner
  • Live in an apartment, house, and either rent or own
  • Be any race, ethnicity religion, sexual orientation or culture
  • Be working parents with appropriate child care

Start Here:

Step 1: Attend Orientation and complete application

Step 2: Complete background checks and fingerprint clearance

Step 3: Attend pre-approval RFA training

  • A minimum of 12 hours of pre-approved caregiver training.
  • CPR and First Aid Certification

Step 4: Complete home environment assessment

Step 5: Complete family evaluation

  • During the family evaluation you may be asked about your background, parenting skills, strengths and weaknesses. You may also be asked about the results of the background checks.
  • If the caseworker or probation officer has concerns regarding your application, they should let you know that during the evaluation so you can discuss these concerns.

Common topics of discussion include:

  • Your motivation to become a resource family
  • Your relationship to the child
  • Your own childhood upbringing and experiences
  • Your own experiences and characteristics
  • Past and current alcohol and other substance use
  • Any history of physical or emotional abuse, neglect, sexual abuse or domestic violence
  • Your past and present physical and mental health
  • Current and past marriages, partnerships and other significant relationships
  • Family traditions, beliefs and activities
  • How children are disciplined in your home
  • Your support system (neighbors, friends, religious communities, etc.)
  • The result of your background check including any previous arrests, convictions or child abuse referrals
  • Your current employment and work schedule, if applicable your ability to take time off
  • Your financial ability to provide stability for the family
  • The legal and financial responsibilities of caring for a child
  • Your understanding of the needs of a child who has been a victim of abuse and neglect, effective parenting skills, and cooperation with the placing agency providers and other important members of the child’s life
  • Your ability to meet the needs of the child, support permanency plans for the child( including reunification, guardianship, etc.) and make use of services to support the child

Step 6: Approval and placement