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Who can qualify as a foster parent?

Personal requirements
  • Applicant(s) must have a heart to help vulnerable children who are at risk
  • Applicant(s) must be 21 years of age or older
  • Applicants must not have any physical or medical conditions that would impare their ability to care for
    a child in care
  • All home occupants must be able to pass a criminal background check

Training requirements
  • Foster Care Orientation (1-3 hours) available on-line or in classroom setting
  • Caregiver Core Training (24 hours) Classroom only
  • Working With Children Who Display Sexually Aggressive Behavior (1.25 hours on-line or classroom)
  • Working With Children Who Display Physically Aggressive Behavior (1.25 hours on-line or classroom)
  • PURPLE Cry/Safe Sleep training (2 hours for homes licensing for children under age 1 year)
  • Infant/Child/Adult CPR/1st Aid/BBP certification
      (GO to the Training Links page for training details)

Home Requirements
  • 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-to-adopt
  • 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.

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  90-120 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.

Detail description of the licensing process
Application documents:
DSHS Application                       Word    PDF
APCH Application                       Word    PDF
Foster Parent Characteristics     Word   PDF

Background check documents:
DSHS background check           
Word   PDF
Release of Information                Word   PDF
Out of State form                         Word   PDF
Copy of applicant's driver's license

Additional documents
Autobiography form                      Word   PDF
Marital History form                      Word   PDF
Financial Worksheet                     Word   PDF
Medical form                                 Word   PDF
Safety & Emergency Plan             Word   PDF
Licensing Policy Agreements        Word   PDF
Policy Agreements                        Word   PDF
Safety & Emergency Plans           Word   PDF

Required Training  (Click on link to access)
DSHS Orientation
Caregiver Core Training
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)

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