Must own or rent a single family home or apartment
Have at least one bedroom available for foster child(ren) (minimum of 80 sq ft)
Home must be able to pass a safety inspection
Types of foster care
Foster care ages 0-18
Foster medically fragile children
Foster BRS children (Children with severe behavioral issues)
How do I apply to become a foster parent with A Place Called Hope? The licensing process begins with the prospective foster parent(s) contacting APCH. The individual or family completes an application form and background check forms for all persons in the household 16 years of age and older. Follow the instructions for the on-line background check application.
The licensing process includes the APCH licenser coming to your home to complete APCH’s orientation, home safety checks, criminal and reference clearances, creation of a home study, and any other evaluations deemed necessary. The prospective foster parent(s) must complete 27 hours of DSHS required training which includes Orientation and Caregiver Core Training and 8-12 hours of on-line training required by the Agency. (The amount of additional training depends on the type of foster care the applicants will be providing.) The licenser will guide foster parents to any additional training they may need. This process generally takes 60-90 days to complete. Upon satisfactory completion of the above, APCH will recommend to the Department of Licensed Resources (DLR) that the applicant be licensed. APCH certifies to DLR that the family and home meets minimum licensing requirements. DLR will then complete their internal licensing process. DLR will notify the APCH Licenser when the family receives a foster care license, usually within 1-2 weeks following submission of final application documents to the state. The Foster Care license is valid only under the supervision of APCH.
CPR/1st Aid/BBP-HIV (Free CPR/1st Aid/BBP-HIV free training is available through keeptherbeatcpr.org, but training can be from any certified trainer)
Contact an A Place Called Hope licensor
On-Line Background Check Application
Log on to the background check website and complete the background check application. You will receive a confirmation with the first page of the background check authorization and a control number. Submit your foster care application along with the first page of your background check(s), control number(s), the Out-of-State CAN form and copy of your driver’s license(s) to the A Place Called Hope Licensing office.