How to become a foster parent
If you meet the basic requirements, we welcome you to explore the journey of foster care by giving us a call. The first call will allow us to discuss your interests and determine if you meet the basic requirements needed to pursue an application. It’s an opportunity for you to ask questions about Community Care Resources and learn what makes us different from other agencies and why our foster parents choose us. Your discovery is a personal journey, and we are here to make sure you make the best decision for you and your family.
The path to becoming a foster parent requires completion of many forms, several home visits and 36 hours of training, including Trauma Informed Care training. It typically takes 3-4 months to get a license.
- Background Checks
- Personal Health Information
- Home assessment and interviews
- Proof of auto and home insurance
- The release of convictions, restraining orders, domestic violence incidents and any records held by the Department of Human Services.
Initial Phone Conversation and Home Visits:
The initial phone call is an opportunity to learn about what treatment level foster care is and the services offered by CCR. We will discuss your interests and background and determine if you are ready for one of our staff to visit your home and begin the process. There are several personal home visits. These visits will include individual and family interviews, a tour of your home and a collection of application documents. A final home visit is held to review all submitted documents and allows time for questions prior to obtaining your license.
Training will consist of 6 hours online and 30 hours in the classroom. On-site training of 30 hours will be spread over 4 days. No worries on the location, we will set you up in a nice hotel! Training is presented by our highly experienced team. It is very informative. Depending on how quickly your application paperwork is completed and processed and how quickly you are able to complete necessary training, you may be licensed in 3-4 months.
Your First Placement
Your first placement may happen within days or weeks; however, it may take time until a match is made. Much of this depends on what your placement preferences are. We will have discussed this with you at length during the licensing process. It’s ok to prefer children of a certain age or gender, or perhaps, you want to focus on sibling groups or teens with severe trauma. It’s important that you and your family realize your capabilities in caring for foster youth. We will guide you through your first placement.