Register for a 2-hour orientation to learn the basics about the child welfare system, fostering, and adopting from foster care. This is also a great opportunity to have your questions answered. Visit our calendar for upcoming orientation dates and times.
Complete 21 hours of training. Sessions are alternately held on Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:30pm or Saturdays from 9:00am to noon. Examples of topics covered include the child welfare system, foster care and adoption, and the effects of trauma and loss. CPR and First Aid training are also required and provided.
Complete an application packet concurrently with training. A physical exam is required as a part of this application, along with a TB screening for the applicant and all adults in the home; a DMV printout and evidence of valid automobile insurance; and criminal and child abuse clearances through Live Scan.
Participate in a family assessment (home study), which involves multiple interviews with everyone residing in the home. Examples of topics discussed include family, health, employment and education history, housing arrangements, childcare experience, and your motivation to become a resource parent.
Participate in a home inspection. We will inspect your home following the safety regulations set forth by the state and county. These requirements will be given to you in advance to allow you time to prepare. You will also be given every opportunity to address any issues found prior to certification.
When all of the above steps are satisfactorily completed and the home study is approved, we will invite you to visit our office to officially approve you and your home. From any point thereafter, you can expect to begin receiving phone calls about children in need of a safe and loving home.
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