How to Become a Resource Parent


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 How to Become a Resource Parent

Steps to become Resource Parents

Families who wish to foster children not related to them must go through a state regulated licensing process administered by Human Services and regulated by California Code of Regulations and the California Health and Safety Codes.
Resource Family Approval Tool Kit

You Can Be A Resource Foster Parent If You Are:

  • Single or married
  • Stay-at-home parent(s)
  • Working parent(s) with appropriate child care
  • Healthy and energetic
  • Apartment/Condominium owner or renter
  • Homeowner or renter with adequate room

    The process includes:

  • Attending orientation
  • Completing licensing application
  • Completing first aid and CPR certifications
  • Meeting home licensing certification requirements
  • Completing household fingerprinting
  • Passing child abuse and criminal background screening
  • Meeting health requirements
  • Meeting financial requirements
  • DMV Record
  • Completing pre-placement training 18 hours
  • Psychosocial assessment
  • Permanency assessment
  • Meeting annual home license recertification requirements

    If you are interested in, or you know anyone who is interested in, finding out more about becoming a resource family, please contact the Resource Family Approval (RFA) unit at (707) 253-4761


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