Overview of the Foster Care Application Process
In compliance with California state regulations, all prospective foster parents must complete our
Foster Parent application, training and certification process to become certified Foster Parents. Families For Children prides itself in the knowledge, promptness, professionalism and
communication of our staff. The following is what you may expect should you pursue
foster care with us:
Rather than the usual group orientation meetings, Families For Children offers one-on-one
informational orientations with one of our experienced Social Workers for those
inquiring about foster care. We feel that the individual orientation allows a greater level
of comfort for prospective foster parents to discuss their personal questions about foster care.
We will discuss the application process, home study, and explain how we work with
you as a team through the certification process and provide an understanding of the children
we serve. These meetings are truly focused on your questions and our goal is to provide you with
the information necessary for you to make an informed decision about being a foster parent.
These meetings are held at your convenience during normal business hours.
Please Contact Us for more
information or to schedule an appointment.
Fingerprint and Child Abuse Index Clearances:
After your initial interview with us, this is the first step in the certification process. Criminal clearances are required for all members of your household
who are 18 years and over. The State of California now utilizes the Live Scan process to complete these requirements.
We recommend calling several locations as the fee for this service varies, please contact us for details.
Live Scan includes DOJ, FBI and Child Abuse Index clearances and is reimburseable at the time of certification.
Foster Parent Application:
We will gladly answer any questions you may have and help you with your application pack, which includes:
Foster Home Social Study
First Aid & CPR Training - Please ask us for referrals.
Attend 12 Hours of Initial Adoptive Parent Training provided by us free of charge.
Health Screening for the primary caregivers.
TB tests are required for all adults living in the home.
Letters of Recommendation - A total of 3 are required and 2 of these must be from friends of 1 year or more.
DMV Driving Record Printouts - From all applicants.
Drivers License copies - From all applicants.
Criminal Record Statement
Requirement to Report Child Abuse form.
Emergency Care and Disaster Plan
Floor Plan of your home.
Current Auto Insurance verification.
All foster families are required to complete two 6-hour pre-certification training sessions.
Our trainings are held on Saturdays to fit around work schedules. The format includes
lecture presentations, films, group work and self-evaluating home work. The training is conducted by
our Master's level Social Workers. There are no fees for the training. More information on the content of our training
may be obtained Here
Home Safety Check:
The home safety check is the first step in the home study process. An agency Social Worker
will visit and review a list of State required safety items and precautions with you. All requirements
do not have to be fulfilled on the first visit, however they must be completed prior
to certification of your home. You may View the Home Safety Check
in Adobe PDF format.
This is the final part of the certification process. A Social Worker will review
questionnaires you filled out from the application packet and conduct an interview. The Home Study
document will be written by your Social Worker after interviews are complete.
The Home Study will describe your family dynamics and communication style; openness to change,
family stability; family history; exploration of marriage and/or relationship history; lifestyle;
expectations of children's needs and development, motivation in undertaking parenting; former
parenting experience and understanding of the commitment and meaning of the foster care process.
If you are prompt in submitting the required documentation required in the application,
completion of the application process, including the Home Study and training, takes an average of
2 - 3 months.