Department of Social Services

Becoming A Resource Family

Call our hotline number at 1 (866) 899-2649 to request more information and/or receive an information packet. Or, download the Resource Family Orientation schedule for April-June 2019.

The following is a partial list of requirements to be met prior to becoming approved as a Resource Family.

  • Complete Criminal Background Clearance
  • Resource Family Approval Training including CPR/First Aid
  • Home Environment and Psycho-Social Assessment
  • Medical examination including TB clearance
  • All household members in good physical and mental health
  • Sufficient income
  • Sufficient sleeping and living areas
  • Satisfactory personal references
  • Other requirements as requested

Before placing a child in your home, federal and state law require that you become an approved Resource Family. Child Welfare Services will help you in this process at no cost to you. There are only six steps to take on the path to becoming a Resource Family:


1.  Attend Orientation and Complete Application

The orientation is an informal meeting for you to learn the process, ask questions and make a decision about becoming a Resource Family. To start the process, simply complete and return the application provided to you at the orientation. If you prefer, you can complete your application forms online.  


2. In-Home Meeting

A Social Worker will schedule a time to meet with you and your family in your home. They will make sure your home passes a basic health and safety inspections and provides a suitable environment for children in the foster care system. They also will provide you with information regarding the additional requirements and training.


3. Complete and Pass Criminal Background check

The Social Worker will arrange for you to submit fingerprints via Live Scan and assist you with any additional information necessary to request a criminal background clearance.


4. Training

Attend Resource Family Approval (RFA) training. This training program will provide you with valuable information about the foster care system and what it means to be a Resource Family. The training will also include CPR and First-Aid certification.


5. Psycho-Social Assessment

A Social Worker will schedule an appt with you and your family to begin the Psycho-Social Assessment process. This assessment will assist in determining your readiness to provide a safe stable home environment for children in out-of home care.

6. Approval and Placement
Once you have completed the above steps, you will make a decision about the number, ages, and behaviors of the children that you feel you are prepared to accept into your family home. You will then receive a Resource Family Certificate of Approval. Once approved, you will be contacted by our placement specialist to discuss placement of any children who match your preferences. You will have an opportunity to review their history, ask questions, and set up a pre-placement visit. CWS will work with you to assess if the child is a good fit for your family, and any additional services available to support you in meeting the child's needs.



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