A step-by-step guide on how to become a resource parent


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After the initial phone contact, we will send you additional information about our agency and schedule a 2-hour orientation at the most convenient time for you.


During your 2-hour orientation, you will be provided with an overview on the child welfare system, approval process, and building a family through out-of-home care.

You will be provided with the forms required to complete the application process to become a resource parent. This is also a great opportunity to have your questions answered.


Register and complete the 15 hours of pre-approval training. Examples of topics covered include the child welfare system and adoption, trauma-informed parenting skills, and the effects of abuse and neglect. You will be scheduled to complete a two-part CPR and first aid training. You have the ability to partake in any of our two training schedules we have available during the year.

Training Schedule 1

Two consecutive weeks
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Training Schedule 2

Three consecutive Saturdays
from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.


After the pre-approval training, our recruiters will provide you with a list of other documentation required to complete your resource family file. As part of the process we will request a DMV record printout, copy of current vehicle registration(s), evidence of valid vehicle insurance, and criminal and child abuse clearances through Live-Scan.


A scheduled family evaluation (home study) will be conducted, which consists of multiple interviews with everyone residing in the home. Examples of topics to be discussed include family, health, employment and educational history, housing arrangements, parenting experience, and your motivation to become a resource parent.


The last step is a home inspection. Your home will undergo an inspection that follows the safety regulations set forth by the Department of Social Services. A list of requirements will be provided to you in advance to allow you time to prepare. You will also be given opportunities to address any issues found prior to approval.

When all the above steps are satisfactorily completed, the CEO will conduct a final home visit prior to final approval. The assigned home evaluator will conduct a home visit to obtain final signatures at which time the family will be provided with the RFA license. Your assigned FFA SW will contact you for placement.