The agency reserves the right to dismiss an applicant at any time during the initial pre-certification process.

The certification procedure begins when the foster parent application has been completed and submitted, and ends when the Agency agrees that training has been accomplished and the state of the premises is consistent with Title XXII Regulations. The process of certification will take 1-2 months, depending on the amount of time required to process fingerprints and the amount of time required to bring the family home up to standards.  Agency personnel will be available for support and assistance as you move through each stage in the procedure.

The following is a list of requirements for Foster/Adopt Program pursuant to the regulations set by the State of California Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing requirements that a family must meet in order to become certified:


Completed Application and Training Agreement

                        24 hours of Foster/Adopt Pre-certification Training
                        25 hours of Continuing Education each year thereafter.


Department of Justice /Child Abuse Index/FBI Clearances for:
All adults living in the home of 18 years of age and older
Designated Babysitter
Adults that may on occasion stay overnight, or on a regular basis.

Criminal Record Statement.  All adults in the home and babysitters are required to complete the Criminal Record Statement prior to certification and before obtaining Live Scan Services (Department of Justice Clearances/FBI/Child Abuse Index).



Age and Identification

                Must be 21 years of age
                California Driver’s License, or
                California DMV ID Card


Copy of Social Security Card

 For each applicant (prospective foster parent)


Copy of Current California Driver’s License

                        For each adult living in the home who is authorized to drive placed children.
                        Babysitter if authorized to drive placed children

Citizenship/Immigration and Naturalization Status

If you were born in a foreign county, you will need to provide documentation as proof that you are legally residing in this country.

Everyone in the home regardless of whether or not you are a citizen, etc,. must provide a copy of your birth certificate to the agency.

Marital Status

If you are married, you must provide a marriage certificate.  If divorced, you must provide a divorce decree.



                        For each adult living in the home that will be driving placed children.
                        Foster parent and Babysitters who will be driving placed children.

A Copy of Automobile Liability Insurance

Automobiles used to transport placed children, owned by the certified family, must have  automobile liability insurance coverage at all times. Vehicle(s) owned by the certified family that will not be used for transporting placed children, must be listed as restricted vehicles in transporting placed children. 



Home Compliance Check.  The premises must adhere to Title XXII regulations, including the storing of toxins and medications in locked locations, ensuring that guns and ammunition are stored and locked separately, and fireplaces are screened.  An agency representative will visit your home to ensure that all safety regulations are in compliance prior to your certification.  Home Compliance Checks will be conducted on a quarterly (every 4 months) basis after the initial date of certification.

Home Owner’s Proof of Liability Insurance

Homeowners will be required to furnish proof of a current liability insurance policy and provide annual renewals.

Pools and Jacuzzis.  Pools must be fenced or covered according to Title XXII Regulations and Jacuzzis must be locked.

Adequate Space.  Bedroom space and beds must be present at certification. No more than two children to a bedroom; children sharing a bedroom must be of the same sex unless they are both under five. Infants may share the foster parent’s bedroom until they are two years of age. A bedroom whose access is only through another room, as opposed to a hallway, will not be used.

Capacity.  Homes may not exceed a total of six children under the age of 18, foster or otherwise
living in the home.  No more than 2 children will be placed in a newly certified home during the
 initial year of certification.


Dual licensed homes (day care) will be limited to 3 placements after the initial year of certification with placed foster children over the age of 8 years.  An assessment of living arrangements will be made at each placement.

If dual-license home, the ratio is 1 adult present in the home for every 6 children.  Minors may never be left to provide supervision to other foster care or day care minors at any time.

Day Care Licensed Homes.   Caregivers for foster care that have a “dual license” will be required
 to sign the “Day Care License and Certified Home Agreement.” 


A total of two (2) Home Studies will be conducted.  One at the beginning of your certification process and the other before you end the process.




First Aid and CPR.   Foster Parents and the babysitter are required to complete CPR and First Aid certification and are required to renew the certification before expiration.  The agency will reimburse up to $45 for CPR/First Aid training for foster parents and their babysitters after the initial certification if the renewal certificate is provided to the agency before the expiration date.   

Water  Safety Certification. Adults living in the home with swimming pools and Jacuzzis are required to complete a water safety course.  An adult or babysitter who does not have water safety must not be left alone with placed children.  Restrictions will be listed in the initial home study.

Fire Extinguisher. A type 2A 10BC or larger, must be visible and mounted in an accessible area of the kitchen. The Agency will check to make sure it is charged at all times.

A First Aid Kit.  Must be stored in the home along with a current first aid manual.

Health Screen.  A current physical exam and TB test must be submitted for all adults in the home including the babysitter.  It must indicate that no disease or physical condition exists that would interfere with the ability to care for children.  The agency will only accept an original copy stamped and signed by the medical provider/office.


Financial Statement.  Income will be evaluated in order to estimate the family’s ability to support the financial needs of themselves and incumbent children.


References.  Three (3) character references are required.  No family members will be acceptable.  Each will be contacted by the Agency.   References will be accepted from employers, co-workers, clergy, etc.


 Reasons for disassociation with a previous agency will be discussed and evaluated.  The agency is required to contact the previous county of foster family agency.


A back-up babysitter is required for each home and is mandated to ensure that the family has a foster care babysitter in the event of an emergency or due to the number of children in the home needing supervision.  (Remember that dual-license home, the ratio is 1 adult present in the home for every 6 children.  Minors may never be left to provide supervision to other foster care or day care minors at any time.


Certification is good for one year, after which time recertification is required. When the Agency recertifies a foster family, they will make sure the home is in accordance with the standards as described above.


The Doors of Hope open when you unlock your heart and welcome a needy child into your Home of Hope for a brighter tomorrow.