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 impair their ability to care for a
  • All home occupants must be able to pass a criminal background check
  • Home must pass a safety inspection

Training requirements
  • Foster Care Orientation (1-3 hours) available online or in a classroom
  • Caregiver Core Training (24 hours available online or in a classroom)
  • Working With Children Who Display Sexually Aggressive Behavior (online or classroom)
  • Working With Children Who Display Physically Aggressive Behavior (online or classroom)
  • Medication Administration Training
  • Mandatory Reporter Training
  • PURPLE Cry/Safe Sleep training (2 hours online 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. Follow the instructions for the online background check application.

The licensing process includes the APCH licensor 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 DCYF required training
which includes Orientation and Caregiver Core Training and 8-12 hours of online training required by the
Agency. (The amount of additional training depends on the type of foster care the applicants will be
providing.) The licensor 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 Licensing Division (LD) that the applicant be licensed.  APCH certifies to LD that the family and home
meets minimum licensing requirements.  LD will then complete their internal licensing process. LD will notify
the APCH Licensor 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:
DCYF Application                       Word    PDF
APCH Application                       Word    PDF

Background check documents:
Background Check Application   
Word    PDF
Release of Information                Word    PDF
Out of State CAN form                
Word    PDF

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

Required Training
DCYF Orientation - In person
DCYF Orientation - Online
Caregiver Core Training - In person & online options

(Free CPR/1st Aid/BBP-HIV free training is available through, but training can be from any certified trainer)

Frequently Asked Questions      FAQs
Your name:
Your email address:
Your phone number:
Contact an A Place Called Hope licensor
Online Background Check Application

  • Copy and paste this address into your browser: https://fortress.wa.
  • When you come to the confirmation page at the end, click the blue
    Print and Save Form button to download the PDF to your device.
  • Once you have the PDF version of your background check
    application, email the page to an APCH licensor along with the Out
    of State CAN form and a copy of your driver's license.

Out of State CAN                       Word   PDF
A Place Called Hope is a Washington State foster
care agency. We cannot license homes outside of
Washington state.